Literature overview of modularity in world automotive industries

A. H M Shamsuzzoha, Petri Helo, Tauno Kekäle

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Abstract

Nowadays global auto industries are going considerable changes in their production lines, which lead to increased competition and shorter product life cycles. Through producing variety products with higher quality and less cost could ensures more customers satisfaction. AU automotive industries especially, car manufacturers are required to increase their market segment with corporate profit to ensure cost related objectives and success over competitors. It is therefore, essential for auto firms to reconsider their product development methodology in order to fulfill the objectives. The focus of this paper is to investigate the pros and cons of the concept of modularity that can be applied in auto industries in order to improve the product development processes. Modularity is gaining increasing importance in manufacturing firms recently; especially in auto industries. Modular product structures ensure real improvements and provide considerable benefits such as; reduce time to market, increase product variants, improve products quality, reduce Bill-Of-Material code etc. for the business firms. However, the concept of modularity has some limitations too. In this paper, a general overview of modularity, its application and prospects in auto industries along with its limitations are also discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPICMET: Portland International Center for Management of Engineering and Technology, Proceedings
Pages1595-1602
Number of pages8
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2008
Event2008 Portland International Center for Management of Engineering and Technology, Technology Management for a Sustainable Economy, PICMET '08 - Cape Town, South Africa
Duration: Jul 27 2008Jul 31 2008

Other

Other2008 Portland International Center for Management of Engineering and Technology, Technology Management for a Sustainable Economy, PICMET '08
CountrySouth Africa
CityCape Town
Period7/27/087/31/08

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business, Management and Accounting(all)
  • Management of Technology and Innovation
  • Strategy and Management
  • Management Science and Operations Research

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    Shamsuzzoha, A. H. M., Helo, P., & Kekäle, T. (2008). Literature overview of modularity in world automotive industries. In PICMET: Portland International Center for Management of Engineering and Technology, Proceedings (pp. 1595-1602). [4599778] https://doi.org/10.1109/PICMET.2008.4599778