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2017 Schedule

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Week I

Monday 24 Apr Course Introduction: Smitka & Warrian Chs 1-2

Entry/Exit, Monopoly, Oligopoly,

Vertical Integration, Product Differentiation

Interactions with technology

Tuesday 25 Apr Dynamics: Smitka & Warrian Chs 3-4

Entry/Exit, Geographic Realignment (Klepper)

Product Differentiation: Horizontal, Vertical (Offer)

Wed 26 Apr Dynamics: Smitka & Warrian Ch 5 (early class end)

Industrial Policy and Developing Markets

Thurs 27 Apr Durable Goods and Product Cycles (Durable Goods)

Ford’s greatest rival in 1920? – himself (Tedlow)

Lemons (Akerlof)

Presentation: CarMax

Fri 28 Apr Franchising (doublemarginalzation)

Car production as a cash production machine

The implications of OEM cost structure

Franchising: Issues & Structures

Presentation: AutoNation

Week II

Mon 1 May Guest speaker David Ruggles, including lunch and dinner.

CANCELLED due to health issues

Tues 2 May from distribution to manufacturing

Vertical Integration or not (Chandler on GM)

Presentation: General Motors

Wed 3 May Suppliers

New roles: Smitka & Warrian Chs 6-7

Presentation: Ford

Thur 4 May Suppliers

Smitka & Warrian Ch 8-9

Case Studies: Gentex

Presentation: Federal Mogul

Fri 5 May Labor and misc

Smitka & Warrian Ch 10

Rothstein Chs 1 & 4

Presentation: Delphi

Week III

Sun May 7th

Arrive in Detroit

Dinner at Al Ameer in Dearborn

Mon May 8th

Ford Rouge tour [one every 20 mins or so]

Henry Ford Museum [point of departure/return for Rouge tour; lunch venue]

Detroit drive

Heidelberg Project

Tues May 9th

8:30 am Federal Mogul, Port Street at M-14 & Beck Rd

11:30 am Mcity, Baxter Rd at Huron Pkwy in Ann Arbor

1:00 pm lunch with Bruce Belzowski of UMTRI at Zingerman’s Deli

2:00 pm visit to UMTRI with a talk by Belzowski and by Dr. Sullivan the simulation lab (Human Factors Group)

dinner in Ann Arbor

Wed May 10th

Fed Reserve  at 10 am

Drs. Paul Traub & Martin Lavelle

Piquette Museum [where the Model T was made]

Dinner with Automotive News / Wards

Jim Treece (AN), Dave Versical (AN), Steve Finlay (Wards)

Thurs May 11th

9:30 am Center for Automotive Research in Ann Arbor

1:30 pm Continental Structural Plastics (CSP) in Auburn Hills

3:30 pm Giffin in Auburn Hills

6:00 pm Dinner at Triple Nickel, 555 S. Old Woodward, Ste. 100 Birmingham, MI 48009

Fri May 12th

leave by 7 am

9:30 am CSP Carey Ohio: factory tour (also see Giffin installation)

Week IV

Mon 15 May no class

Tues 16 May

Morning: Carvana presentation

Skype with David Ruggles

Skype with David Ruggles

Wed 17 May

Skype with David Ruggles

Thur 18 May: prepare posters for Spring Festival

Final Dinner at The Palms

Fri 19 May: Spring Festival 12-2 pm