From Product Development to Production: On the Complexity of Geographical adn Organizational Dispersion
2012 (English)In: Journal of Applied Economics and Business Research, ISSN ISSN 1927-033X, Vol. 2, no 3, 125-137 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
The establishment of low cost production facilities in emerging economies in Asia and Eastern-Europe has resulted in an increased organizational and geographical separation of product development and production processes. This paper elaborates on the complexity of the product development to production interface in dispersed environments and describes two different logics underlying the coordination of the product development to production transition in relation to interface complexity. The paper is based on two case studies of in total three different projects. It is argued that product/process related factors as well as organizational/geographical related factors are important in determining interface complexity. Further, a high degree of interface complexity calls for a predominant knowledge integration logic complemented with some measures of standardization in the product development to production interface. A low degree of interface complexity may be managed by a predominant task partitioning logic complemented with some integration measures.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Burnaby, 2012. Vol. 2, no 3, 125-137 p.
Product Development; Production; Interface; Complexity; Knowledge Integration; Task Partitioning
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-87380OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-87380DiVA: diva2:589058