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The Business of Systems Integration$
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Andrea Prencipe, Andrew Davies, and Michael Hobday

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780199263233

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199263233.001.0001

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Modularization in the Car Industry

Modularization in the Car Industry

Interlinked Multiple Hierarchies of Product, Production, and Supplier Systems

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(p.254) 13 Modularization in the Car Industry
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The Business of Systems Integration
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Akira Takeishi

Takahiro Fujimoto

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199263233.003.0013

This chapter analyses modularization in the world automotive industry. Modularization has involved architectural changes in product, production, and supplier systems in the industry. As an attempt to understand such multi-faceted, complex processes, this chapter proposes a conceptual framework that sees development/production activities as multiple hierarchies of products, processes, and inter-firm boundaries that are interlinked. Using this framework and drawing on case studies and questionnaire survey data, the chapter examines the ongoing processes of modularization in the industry and argues that tensions exist among the three hierarchies. Such tensions may lead to further changes in product, production, and supplier-system architectures.

Keywords:   modularity, outsourcing, automotive industry, product, production, inter-firm hierarchies

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