Background Note | HBS Case Collection | July 1981

Competitive Status of the U.S. Automobile Industry--1981: Crisis and Transition

by Kim B. Clark

Abstract

Examines the competitive status of the U.S. auto industry in 1979-80. Provides information on the historical background of the current crisis using data on the United States and Japan. Discusses the competitive position of the U.S. industry in terms of productivity, cost and quality. Also addresses the potential impact of technological change on competition.

Keywords: Competitive Advantage; Auto Industry;

Citation:

Clark, Kim B. "Competitive Status of the U.S. Automobile Industry--1981: Crisis and Transition." Harvard Business School Background Note 682-006, July 1981.