In the past two decades, a lot of technological, economical and demographical changes have occurred in both developed and developing nations. The implications of these changes are well understood for developed nations yet it is not clear how those changes would impact on developing nations. South East Asia and ASEAN region with a 600 million population is the region that has been growing significantly economically and it is projected that the economic growth will continue at an average of 16% annually for the next next 5 years. The economic growth brings along other types of demand especially in the field of mobility need and urbanization which has an immediate outcome of high economic growth. A very good example is the city of Jakarta, as a capital city of one the fastest growing economies in South East Asia, which is ranked number one in terms of car traffic congestion worldwide.
A combination of economic, demographic and technological changes would necessitate thinking strategically in regard to mobility in developing countries particularly South East Asia and the ASEAN region as one the fastest growing regions. Specifically there are some important questions to be addressed:
There are many management consultancy institutions that study the future of mobility in various regions. Obviously MISI is not a consultancy institute and intends to position itself as a research-oriented institute to look into the research implications of all the trends and driving forces for future mobility. The consultancy firms are expected to study the future trends and driving forces and we at MISI can take those driving forces and specifically define research projects to expand the knowledge boundary in value chain and supply chain design and strategy. In other words, MISI strive to develop principles and theories around mobility challenges in Southeast Asia and provide underpinning mental models to drive practices in this area.
Taking into account the changes identified by management consultancy firms, MISI’s role is to investigate how those changes and driving forces should be incorporated into two broad areas as follows:
In last couple of years, MISI has been able to identify the most prominent trends and driving forces that would shape the future of mobility and it has also been able to study and understand the automotive industry ecosystem in global, regional and domestic levels. Having studied the automotive global value chains, one interesting finding is that the automotive value chains have been shifting from an OEM-driven value chains to supplier-driven one. It implies that the supplier and mega suppliers’ role in the future of mobility is becoming more prominent and it has many implications on the future of mobility value chain design.
This research has enabled MISI to initiate some high-level studies on strategic mobility and how South East Asia and ASEAN region will be impacted by implications of strategic mobility.
MISI’s capabilities to be leveraged for this research endeavor can be described as follows:
We envision being the first academic institute in Southeast Asia to conduct fundamental and applied research to contribute into future-oriented people and goods mobility.
By leveraging MIT Global SCALE Network and MISI’s capabilities on fundamental and applied research, SMCOE intends to produce high-quality research on how multi-dimensional changes in the environment affect mobility solution of value chain/system design and mobility solution of demand fulfillment. By accomplishing this, MISI is able to cover full range of mobility implications both on value chain design and demand fulfillment.
In order to actively be involved in this research initiative, MISI plans to deliver the following output: