Modularity and interface management

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dc.contributor.author Mikkola, Juliana Hsuan en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2009-02-04T10:25:23Z
dc.date.available 2009-02-04T10:25:23Z
dc.date.issued 2004-03-12T00:00:00Z en_US
dc.identifier.isbn 8778690714 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10398/6881
dc.description.abstract Modularity refers to the scheme by which interfaces shared among components in a given product architecture are standardized and specified to allow for greater reusability and commonality sharing of components among product families. The management of innovation through modular product architecture strategies is gaining increasing importance for firms, not only in practice but also from a theoretical perspective. It is argued that the degree of modularity inherent in a given product architecture is sensitive and highly dependent upon the number of components and the interface constraints shared among the components, modules, sub-systems, and systems. This paper applies a mathematical model, termed modularization function, for analyzing dynamics and the degree of modularity of a given product architecture by taking into account the following variables: number of components, number of interfaces, new-to-the-firm component composition, and substitutability factor. The application of the modularization function is illustrated with two elevator systems from Schindler Lifts of Switzerland: traction and hydraulic elevators. The comparative analysis of the elevators captures the sensitivity and dynamics of product architecture modularity created by three types of components (standard, neutral, and unique) and two types of interfaces (fundamental and optional). en_US
dc.format.extent 28 s. en_US
dc.language eng en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Publikation;2001-6 en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries LINK Working paper;2001-15 en_US
dc.subject.other produktmanagement en_US
dc.subject.other produktudvikling en_US
dc.subject.other produkter en_US
dc.subject.other modularitet en_US
dc.subject.other modularity en_US
dc.subject.other interface management en_US
dc.title Modularity and interface management en_US
dc.type wp en_US
dc.contributor.corporation Copenhagen Business School. CBS en_US
dc.contributor.department Institut for Industriøkonomi og Virksomhedsstrategi en_US
dc.contributor.departmentshort IVS
dc.contributor.departmentuk Department of Industrial Economics & Strategy en_US
dc.contributor.departmentukshort IES
dc.idnumber 8778690714 en_US
dc.publisher.city København en_US
dc.publisher.year 2001 en_US
dc.title.subtitle the case of Schindler Elevators en_US


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