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Special Issue: Modularity: implications for strategy and operations

Doran, D. (2010) Special Issue: Modularity: implications for strategy and operations. International Journal of Operations & Production Management, 30 (1). ISSN 0144-3577. (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided) (KAR id:63421)

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Abstract

My interest in the field of modular production was first developed toward the end of my PhD research in 1999. I was visiting a supplier that provided seating solutions on a synchronous basis to Nissan Manufacturing UK and wanted to explore the operational dimensions of synchronous supply. What struck me at the time was that the supplier was charged with providing complex seating modules that included a variety of seating material options, plug and play electronics, lumbar support and a variety of airbag options with associated ignitors. This modular approach required the supplier to manage over 60 upstream suppliers and necessitated the development of lean operations that could deliver faultless products to Six Sigma levels. It was clear at the time of my visit that delivering on a synchronous basis was accommodated by modular production and that this method of production had implications for supply chain management, the configuration of supplier operations and the changing role played by OEMs who were increasingly seeking modular solutions in an environment characterized by high risk and low cost.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled keywords: T Technology, TS Manufactures, TS0155 Production management, Operations management
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: Divisions > Kent Business School - Division > Department of Analytics, Operations and Systems
Depositing User: Desmond Doran
Date Deposited: 14 Sep 2017 14:50 UTC
Last Modified: 16 Nov 2021 10:24 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/63421 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Doran, D.: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-6444-8758
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