Product Architecture Modularity Strategies


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Product Architecture Modularity Strategies

Show simple item record Mikkola, Juliana Hsuan en_US 2009-02-04T10:23:24Z 2009-02-04T10:23:24Z 2003-11-21T00:00:00Z en_US
dc.description.abstract The focus of this paper is to integrate various perspectives on product architecture modularity into a general framework, and also to propose a way to measure the degree of modularization embedded in product architectures. Various trade-offs between modular and integral product architectures and how components and interfaces influence the degree of modularization are considered. In order to gain a better understanding of product architecture modularity as a strategy, a theoretical framework and propositions are drawn from various academic literature sources. Based on the literature review, the following key elements of product architecture are identified: components (standard and new-to-the-firm), interfaces (standardization and specification), degree of coupling, and substitutability. A mathematical function, termed modularization function, is introduced to measure the degree of modularization embedded in product architectures, by taking the key elements as the main variables. Various managerial and theoretical implications of the modularization function are drawn. For instance, the function can be used as a framework to aid to examine various leveraging forces behind new product development, manufacturing, and supply chain management policies of a firm. The modularization function also allows us to study the implications of modularization from different theoretical perspectives, such as resource-based view of the firm and transaction cost economics. Finally, the application of the modularization function and its limitations are discussed. Key words: modularity, product architecture en_US
dc.format.extent 47 s. en_US
dc.language eng en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Working paper;2003-02 en_US
dc.subject.other produktion en_US
dc.subject.other produktionsteori en_US
dc.subject.other fleksibilitet en_US
dc.subject.other produktudvikling en_US
dc.subject.other modularitet en_US
dc.title Product Architecture Modularity Strategies en_US
dc.type wp en_US
dc.accessionstatus modt03nov21 inrumo en_US
dc.contributor.corporation Copenhagen Business School. CBS en_US
dc.contributor.department Institut for Produktion og Erhvervsøkonomi en_US
dc.contributor.departmentshort PEØ en_US
dc.contributor.departmentuk Department of Operations Management en_US
dc.contributor.departmentukshort OM en_US
dc.idnumber x656312784 en_US København en_US
dc.publisher.year 2003 en_US
dc.title.subtitle Toward a General Theory en_US

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