Modularisation and outsourcing: who drives whom? A study of generational sequences in the US automotive cockpit industry
International Journal of Automotive Technology & Management
The article studies the interactions between modularity and outsourcing in the auto industry. Focusing on vehicle cockpit projects in North America, the researchers collected data over three product architecture generations and the associated shifts in firm boundaries for multiple processes covering product development and production. It was found that the direction of influence between product architecture and firm boundary varies across individual processes and over time, resulting in a zig-zag path towards higher levels of modularity and outsourcing over the observed timeframe.
Operational Research | Other Operations Research, Systems Engineering and Industrial Engineering
Fixson, Sebastian K., Young Ro, and Jeffrey K. Liker. 2005. "Modularisation and outsourcing: who drives whom? A study of generational sequences in the US automotive cockpit industry." International Journal of Automotive Technology & Management 5, no. 2: 1.