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Autoshift 2003 — Action Strategies for the Automotive Components Industry in the 21st Century

Autoshift 2003 - Action Strategies for the Automotive Industry in the 21st Century, broadens and amplifies Autoshift 2002 - Action Strategies for the Automotive Components Industry in the 21st Century.

The Autoshift 2003 study is about people.

Any effective innovation strategy designed to address issues related to global competitiveness, growth and productivity, begins with each person’s distinct contribution and creativity within the enterprise. This study is not about job shortages!

This study is about the Canadian automotive industry, which is experiencing a shortage of the right people with the right attributes, intelligences, and talents that enable them to learn, unlearn and relearn the right skills. In order to attract, develop, nurture, and retain the right people, organizations must create practices of innovation that develop the right conditions and cultures that nurture innovation.

Education (especially in the K to 12 grades) must begin by creating the right conditions and cultures that enable each person to discover their distinct attributes, intelligence, motivation, and talents as a context for learning rather than first imposing knowledge. Only when the learner has developed an inherent understanding of their complete self, can they become a productive contributor in the educational process, in the workplace and in the community.

Governments and automotive firms need to recognize the emerging realities and create partnerships that can take the initiative in facilitating and funding the necessary transitions to create possibilities for enhancing the innovation strategy by creating cultures of innovation across the automotive industry.

Economic circumstances and industry factors are important. Finance, marketing and having the right networks are important. Even government funding is important, but these alone will not create the right conditions for the practice of innovation.

For that, we need to create a culture of innovation that attracts, develops and grows the right people with the right attributes, talents and skills who have the needed motivation to persist until the job is done. People, infrastructure and networks will determine the future of Canada’s automotive industry.

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