Automobiles Sector

Automobiles Sector

Automobiles Sector

The automobile industry is often characterized in terms that limit the scope of discussion to the manufacture and sale of new automobiles. This panel broadens the scope to include the broad set of complements, enablers, and constraints that make the industry one of the largest and most influential human enterprises in history. The role of Information Technology has been profound in the slow transformation of the industry from its original status as a product industry into what is increasingly a service industry in which product is something far different from what it was when the industry first became a powerful global force. The role of Information Technology (IT) in this process has never been in the foreground: it has always been infrastructural, making possible subtle but profound changes in nearly every aspect of the industry.