Product modularisation and organisational coordination

Product modularisation can bring a lot of benefits, for example shorter lead–time since different modules can be developed in parallel. Existing literature proposes that by standardising 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. The authors test this assumption by investigating two modules in a new car development project. Despite having standardised 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.


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  • Accession Number: 01491675
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Sep 3 2013 12:28PM