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Product Modularization and Organizational Coordination

Magnus Persson (Institutionen för teknikens ekonomi och organisation, Operations Management) ; Pär Åhlström (Institutionen för teknikens ekonomi och organisation, Operations Management)
International Journal of Automotive Technology and Management (1470-9511). Vol. 13 (2013), 1, p. 55-74.
[Artikel, refereegranskad vetenskaplig]

Product modularization can bring a lot of benefits, for example shorter lead-time since different modules can be developed in parallel. Existing literature proposes that by standardizing interfaces, it is possible to avoid coordination problems in the development of different modules; coordination problems that might be caused by conflicts calling for management decisions. We test this assumption by investigating two modules in a new car development project. Despite having standardized and simple interfaces to other modules, managerial involvement in coordination was still needed. Hence, dividing a product into modules does not eliminate the need for a managerial hierarchy making important decisions.

Nyckelord: modularization, organizational coordination, decision-making

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Institutioner (Chalmers)

Institutionen för teknikens ekonomi och organisation, Operations Management (2006-2016)


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Chalmers infrastruktur