Michael Smitka, Washington and Lee University [Lexington, VA]

Portrait de Michael Smitka, Washington and Lee University [Lexington, VA]

Informations personnelles


Rattachement institutionnel

Professor Emeritus of Economics
Washington and Lee University [Lexington, VA]
Autres positions
Judge, Automotive News PACE Awards
Discipline principale
Discipline annexe
Sciences de gestion

Thèmes de recherche

Thème principal

Automotive industry in general, primarily US, China and Japan. Within that a focus on suppliers and on various aspects of business history. Recent projects include the applicability of "disruption" in the automotive industry, the geography of suppliers in the Chinese market, price dynamics reflecting vehicles as durable goods, the new model effect, and the implications of product differentiation.

Thèmes secondaires

For the past 28 years I have served as a judge of the Automotive News PACE supplier innovation award, visiting 3-5 suppliers a year, writing reports, and meeting with the 20+ other judges to pick winners. Through this and other activities, I have visited ≈150 factories in China, Korea, Japan, the Philippines, Mexico, Brazil, Canada, the US, Italy, and France. My research draws upon fluency in Japanese, and an ability to also read Chinese and German.


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