Industrialization of hybrid electric vehicle technology: identifying critical resource dimensions
Journal article, 2016

The purpose of this study is to identify critical resource dimensions for the industrialization of hybrid electric vehicle technology. This study focuses on small- and medium-sized technology-based firms in Sweden that employ between 1 and 500 employees and that could be potential suppliers of hybrid electric vehicle technology. The empirical data were collected using a survey (questionnaire) and it covers 40 technology-based firms in eight industrial branches in Sweden. We have included 18 variables in order to identify critical resources regarding Business and R&D networks in three dimensions: ideas and advice, production, and R&D. Two regression models developed for battery systems and battery cells have significant findings. Networks with universities and consultants are especially important. One operative way is building strategic alliances with other firms. The main contributions of this study are empirical support that network resources are necessary and important in battery systems and battery cells and, more broadly, networks are necessary systems for technology shifts in the hybrid electric vehicle industry.


Hans Löfsten

Chalmers, Technology Management and Economics, Innovation and R&D Management

Journal of Technology Transfer

0892-9912 (ISSN)

Vol. 41 2 349-367

Subject Categories

Mechanical Engineering

Production Engineering, Human Work Science and Ergonomics

Other Engineering and Technologies

Economics and Business

Driving Forces

Sustainable development

Innovation and entrepreneurship



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