The Rise to Market Leadership
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The Rise to Market Leadership

New Leading Firms from Emerging Countries

Edited by Franco Malerba, Sunil Mani and Pamela Adams

In recent years many new international market leaders from the BRICS countries have emerged in several manufacturing and service industries. This important study answers a number of crucial questions including, how did these companies rise up to become important players in their respective industries? What is the contribution of systemic and country specific factors? What is the role of internal firm factors in enabling these companies to become market leaders? The book presents evidence from companies in the automotive, pharmaceutical and ICT industries of China, India and Brazil.
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Chapter 7: Market leadership in the Brazilian automotive industry: the case of Marcopolo

Luiz Ricardo Cavalcante and Bruno César Araújo


The aim of this chapter is to analyse the factors that explain the industrial leadership of a Brazilian manufacturer of bus bodyworks, a niche segment within the broader automotive industry. This study suggests that specific contextual factors regarding the Brazilian market led the large automobile manufacturers to leave this market in the hands of Brazilian incumbents in the sector. In fact, the lower technological requirements and the high labour intensity of the bus bodywork segment left room for the entry and growth of emerging countries like Brazil. Within this context, Marcopolo was able to gain a leadership position through the strategies of its entrepreneurial founders and its focus on capability building. This case study provides important insights for policy-makers by showing how a nationally owned global leader was able to emerge in a relatively neglected segment in terms of explicit industrial policies.

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