Economics & Sociology

ISSN: 2071-789X eISSN: 2306-3459 DOI: 10.14254/2071-789X
Index PUBMS: f5512f57-a601-11e7-8f0e-080027f4daa0
Article information
Title: Analysis of the effects of the modular design model of car production on working conditions: The cases of VW Navarra and PSA Vigo
Issue: Vol. 13, No 1, 2020
Published date: 03-2020 (print) / 03-2020 (online)
Journal: Economics & Sociology
ISSN: 2071-789X, eISSN: 2306-3459
Authors: Pablo López Calle
Complutense University of Madrid, Spain

Mario Rísquez Ramos
Complutense University of Madrid, Spain

Maria Eugenia Ruiz-Gálvez
Rey Juan Carlos University, Spain
Keywords: production model, automotive sector, labor conditions, salaries, Spain
DOI: 10.14254/2071-789X.2020/13-1/6
Index PUBMS: 2ad33f2a-78c1-11ea-a0f3-fa163e0fa1a0
Language: English
Pages: 90-101 (12)
JEL classification: L23, L62, J81, J31

Following the implementation of new systems of automobile manufacturing based on modular design, we undertook the study of changes in the working conditions of this sector. We choose to further explore these models of productive organization and their effects on working conditions in the automotive sector in Spain. Specifically, we focused on two of the most important plants in the Spanish automotive sector, PSA Vigo and VW Navarra, where new assembly systems have been applied on modular platforms. In our research, we adopted an analytical approach that would allow us address the complexity of this new production model, combining variables (profitability strategy, productive specialization, technical and social organization) and dimensions (within the Group, intra-company, inter-firm) through comparison of the two case studies. Our análisis represents a useful, functional way of studying the intrinsic organizational and productive aspects of current manufacturing processes, reflected in the working conditions and in the factors determining them.


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