Automotive Management

Here you’ll find information from management on the best practices and emerging technologies that help executives and companies operate more efficiently. Management matters.

Auto & Creative Destruction

By: Gary S. Vasilash - December 29, 2016 at 9:05 AM

“Creative destruction,” or “schöpferische Zerstörung,” is an idea from Joseph Schumpeter, an Austrian-American economist, who had it that there are profound changes that occur when there are new product and process innovations.

Lear’s Creative—and Productive—Approach

By: Gary S. Vasilash - December 13, 2016 at 6:02 AM

When asked what the “secret sauce” is that makes the “Crafted by Lear” approach to next-generation automotive seating development distinctive, Jeneanne Hanley, Lear's vice president for Global Trim and Craftsmanship, has an interesting answer: “Glue.” No, she isn’t referring to a gelatinous adhesive.

VW, the Future & the End of “Conventional” Jobs

By: Gary S. Vasilash - November 22, 2016 at 6:41 AM

"In order to become a global provider of sustainable mobility, we are pressing ahead with future projects such as electromobility, digital connectivity and new mobility services, equipped with the necessary resolve and financing.

Ford EcoSport and Other Automotive Endeavors

By: Gary S. Vasilash - November 21, 2016 at 5:37 AM

If you were to look at Ford’s vehicle sales through October (according to Autodata) you’d discover that second to the F-Series, the vehicle with the greatest percent of overall U.S. market share is the Escape crossover (1.8 percent; the F Series, incidentally, is 4.6 percent). Then after the Escape is the Fusion at 1.6 percent, then the Explorer at 1.4 percent.

Lutz Live

By: Gary S. Vasilash - November 07, 2016 at 4:26 AM

Bob Lutz says that a few years ago, his partner Gilbert Villarreal was interested in the Fisker Karma but not particularly taken with the hybrid powertrain.

Driving Cleaner, Smoother & With No Hands

By: Gary S. Vasilash - October 24, 2016 at 5:58 AM

While there seems to be an inevitable drive toward powertrains that are powered by batteries or hydrogen, Tim Jackson is confident that the internal combustion engine has a long run ahead of it, and not just because the installed base is so massive.