Modularity and Outsourcing
The Nature of Co-evolution of Product Architecture and Organization Architecture in the Global Automotive Industry
Takes the automobile industry as an empirical setting for clarification of the concept of modularity in product architecture. Three arenas of modularity, modularity in design, modularity in production and modularity in use, are discussed as presenting alternative criteria for making boundary choices in complex products. Moves on to understanding strategic drivers for pushing the product architecture towards modularity. Considers the implications of these different paths for industry dynamics (in particular the power balance between customer and supplier companies) and supply chain management.
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