This book addresses the widespread concern regarding British
industry's ability to compete internationally. Through an analysis
of the UK automotive components sector, the author examines the
central issues at the core of the competitiveness debate and
outlines why there has been such a widespread and severe decline in
the performance of British manufacturing. It draws on findings from
visits to thirty British manufacturers and also to thirty overseas
manufacturers in Germany, the USA and Japan, matched on a product
basis to allow comparisons and a genuine international
The author concludes that competitive decline is due, in part,
to a weakness in the strategic management capability of many UK
companies, and also to the lack of adequate co-ordination and
co-operation between customer and supplier industries. Dr Carr
identifies the remaining areas of vulnerability and priorities for
action, and finally considers the implications for Britain's
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