The Modularization of Products and Organizations

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The Modularization of Products and Organizations

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dc.contributor.author Foss, Kirsten en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2009-02-04T10:25:28Z
dc.date.available 2009-02-04T10:25:28Z
dc.date.issued 2004-03-23T00:00:00Z en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10398/6931
dc.description.abstract The impact of modular products on the organization of product development has recently attracted interest in academia. This paper explores the economic rational behind the idea that modular products result in modular product organizations using a team-theoretic approach. An important implication that can be drawn from team theory is that the nature of the design problem and the way in which it can efficiently be decomposed into design tasks strongly influence the information structures of organizations and therefore also the extent to which the organization can be characterized as a modular organization. Different economic rationales behind task definitions are identified and discussed. The organization of product development activities also can be expected to vary with the main goal of the product development team. I argue that when the minimization of lead-time is the main goal one should expect to find a more modular product development organization among firms that follow a modular product development strategy compared to those that follow an integral product development strategy. en_US
dc.format.extent 28 s. en_US
dc.language eng en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries LINK Working paper;2001-12 en_US
dc.subject.other kep en_US
dc.title The Modularization of Products and Organizations en_US
dc.type wp en_US
dc.contributor.corporation Copenhagen Business School. CBS en_US
dc.contributor.department Institut for Industriøkonomi og Virksomhedsstrategi
dc.contributor.departmentshort IVS
dc.contributor.departmentuk Department of Industrial Economics & Strategy
dc.contributor.departmentukshort IES
dc.idnumber x656406401 en_US
dc.publisher.city København en_US
dc.publisher.year 2001 en_US
dc.title.subtitle Improving Lead-Time in Product Development en_US


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