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Enablers Barriers for Realizing Modularity Benefits

Enablers Barriers for Realizing Modularity Benefits

Year: 2012

Editor: Assoc. Prof. Poul Kyvsgaard Hansen, Professor John Rasmussen, Assoc. Prof. Kaj A. Jřrgensen, Assoc. Prof. Christian Tollestrup

Author: Simon Haahr Storbjerg, Thomas Ditlev Brunoe, Jesper Thyssen and Steffen Nordahl Joergensen

Series: NordDESIGN

Institution: 1: Aalborg University, Denmark; 2: Design Society, United Kingdom

ISBN: 978-87-91831-51-5

Abstract

Although modularization is becoming both a well-described domain in academia and a broadly applied concept in business, many of today’s firm still struggle to realize the promised benefits of this approach. Managing modularization is a complex matter, and in spite of this, a topic that has received far less attention compared to the theories and methods concerning modularization of technical systems. Harvesting the full potential of modularization, particularly in relation to product development agility, depends on more than an optimal architecture. Key enablers in this context are the organizational and systems related aspects. Recognizing the need for guidance to realize the benefits of modularity, the purpose of this study is through a literature study and a case study to improve the insight into the organizational and systems related enablers and barriers with regard to obtaining the full potential of modularization in terms of product development agility.

Keywords: New Product Introduction, Agility, Modularity

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