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Evaluation of product customization strategies through modularization and postponement

Brun, A and Zorzini, M (2009) Evaluation of product customization strategies through modularization and postponement. International Journal of Production Economics, 120. pp. 205-220. ISSN 0925-5273

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Abstract

This paper aims at investigating the relationships existing between postponement and modularization practices actually implemented by Italian companies and contextual factors mainly linked to product features. A multi-case study research strategy was adopted and statistical techniques applied for data analysis. Two main factors were identified (product/process customization and product/process complexity) and four customization strategies differing in terms of supply chain structure were analyzed (rigid, flexible, postponed and modularized). Three main categories of constraints were identified, which may lead to some exceptions compared to the prevailing approaches: delivery lead-time issues, contractual obligations and technical- and process-related factors.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: International Journal of Production Economics
Subjects: UNSPECIFIED
Departments: Lancaster University Management School > Management Science
ID Code: 45432
Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
Deposited On: 11 Jul 2011 19:31
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 09 Apr 2014 22:31
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/45432

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