Analysis of the theoretical relationships between product and production modularity and their implications in the automotive industry

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Analysis of the theoretical relationships between product and production modularity and their implications in the automotive industry

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Title: Analysis of the theoretical relationships between product and production modularity and their implications in the automotive industry
Author: Kubota, Flávio Issao; Miguel, Paulo Augusto Cauchick; Hsuan, Juliana
Abstract: Research in modularity design and in production systems in the automotive industry is increasing, as many Western and Japanese firms are applying this concept. This study focuses the relationships between modularity in design (MID) and production (MIP). After analysing 60 papers on MID and MIP in automotive companies, it was observed that some publications suggest that relationships between MID and MIP can be twoways, i.e. not only the former affects the latter, but the latter also affects the former. Conclusively, the relationships between MID and MIP are relevant and future studies should emphasise how they produce managerial benefits and/or drawbacks.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10398/9266
Date: 2016-01-15
Notes: Paper presented at 22nd EurOMA Conference, Operations Management for Sustainable Competitiveness, June 26-July 1, 2015, Neuchatel, Switzerland.

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