Change search
ReferencesLink to record
Permanent link

Direct link
Positiva och negativa aspekter med modularitet i Engineer-To-Order företag: En fallstudie vid ABB Process Automation
2015 (Swedish)Independent thesis Advanced level (professional degree), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Modularity enables a solution to be composed of modules, due to standardized interfaces the modules can be varied and replaced without affecting the next modules and is considered a way to change the location of the Customer Order Decoupling Point (CODP) of a product. Several authors discuss the benefits of modularity in mass manufacturing industries (e.g. Automotive industry), which is the primary source of research regarding the subject today. The purpose of the study is to develop the understanding of modularity as a mean to move the CODP of a product within a company working in accordance to an Engineer-to-Order (ETO) strategy. The study was conducted with a focus on identifying the opportunities and barriers that can work as enablers, alternatively as obstacles for the introduction of modularity. It was also considered vital to take a time horizon further ahead into account in order to allow for more of a wider understanding of modularity why the advantages and disadvantages that an ETO company expects to experience when using modularity also were identified. To answer the purpose an explorative case study was used in which data was collected through semi-structured interviews with respondents within an ETO company that operates in the international mining industry. The result showed several parables with existing literature deriving from mass manufacturing but it also revealed some theoretical implications indicating that modularity is expected to contribute to increased product quality and simplified purchasing but with a risk of losing basic knowledge and together with it the holistic perspective of the complex product. Unlike previous research, which argues for a decrease in customer satisfaction this study found that an increase was to be expected when, an ETO company transitions towards modularity. Practical implication have shown that modularity affects the entire organization to a large extent and may imply a narrower focus for each department, in return this places high demands on an efficient communication tool, that on the one hand promote the development of the product and on the other clarify a common goal.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Keyword [en]
Social Behaviour Law
Keyword [sv]
Samhälls-, beteendevetenskap, juridik, Standardisering, kundanpassning, modularitet, ETO, kundorderpunkt
URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-51052Local ID: 84783a7e-7a34-4575-8877-8dde31d047dcOAI: diva2:1024415
External cooperation
Subject / course
Student thesis, at least 30 credits
Educational program
Industrial and Management Engineering, master's level
Validerat; 20150709 (global_studentproject_submitter)Available from: 2016-10-04 Created: 2016-10-04Bibliographically approved

Open Access in DiVA

fulltext(1660 kB)0 downloads
File information
File name FULLTEXT02.pdfFile size 1660 kBChecksum SHA-512
Type fulltextMimetype application/pdf

Search outside of DiVA

GoogleGoogle Scholar
The number of downloads is the sum of all downloads of full texts. It may include eg previous versions that are now no longer available

ReferencesLink to record
Permanent link

Direct link