Information Statement for the Research Project

You are invited to participate in the research project which is being conducted by Mr. Amir Mirzadeh Phirouzabadi (PhD Candidate), Dr. David Savage (Lecturer), Dr. Karen Blackmore (Senior Lecturer) and Dr. James Juniper (Lecturer) from Business School at the University of Newcastle. The research is part of Amir’s phd thesis, titled 'a dynamic approach to technology interaction in era of ferment' supervised by Dr. Savage.

Why is the research being done?
The purpose of the research is to study how the three powertrain technologies of internal combustion engine (ICE), hybrid electric vehicle (HEV) and battery electric vehicle (BEV) in the car industry are influencing each other. The resulting model will advance the existing understanding of technological change and innovation and will provide a resource for organisations and business leaders in developing competitive strategies.

Who can participate in the research?
Potential participants should be experts in the car industry, ideally possessing a minimum of 5 years of academic or work experience in a decision-making role, such as an academic member, a senior researcher, a public authority, a senior practitioner, or a CEO. You should have specific experience relating to ICE, HEV and BEV technologies in the industry. While experts may be physically located around the world, they will need to have a capacity to communicate this knowledge, and provide informed consent to participate in the research, in English.

What would you be asked to do?
If you agree to participate, you will be asked to complete an online survey with questions relating to the evolutions and interactions of ICE, HEV and BEV technologies in the industry in terms of:
-        entrepreneurial activities (e.g. experiments, new entrants, diversifications),
-        knowledge development (e.g. patents, scientific publications, skills),
-        knowledge diffusion (e.g. collaboration, conferences, networking),
-        direction of technological change (e.g. main drivers, expectations, promises, policies),
-        resource mobilization (e.g. infrastructure, venture capital, human resources).
-        market formation (e.g. environmental standards, tax exemptions, sales, incentives), and
-        legitimization (e.g. advocacy coalition, interest groups, lobbying activities)

What choice do you have?
Participation in this research is entirely your choice. Whether or not you decide to participate, your decision will not disadvantage you. If you do decide to participate, you may withdraw from the project at any time (e.g up to the point of publication) without giving a reason and have the option of withdrawing any data which identifies you.

How much time will it take?
It will take between 30-60 mins.

What are the risks and benefits of participating?
Though this research will bring no benefits to the participant, it will not involve any potential risk/discomfort per se.