Product modularisation and organisational coordination

Publication Type:

Journal Article


International Journal of Automotive Technology and Management, Volume 13, Number 1, p.55-74 (2013)



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. We 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. Copyright © 2013 Inderscience Enterprises Ltd.

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