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In-House Globalization: The Role of Globally Distributed Design and Product Architecture on Product Development Performance

Gokpinar, B; Hopp, WJ; Iravani, SMR; (2013) In-House Globalization: The Role of Globally Distributed Design and Product Architecture on Product Development Performance. PRODUCTION AND OPERATIONS MANAGEMENT , 22 (6) 1509 - 1523. 10.1111/poms.12079. Green open access

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Abstract

Changes in the global economy and technological advances are stimulating increased geographic distribution of new product design and development efforts. For large organizations that design and develop complex products, this geographic distribution has added a new layer of complexity to product development operations. In this empirical study of a large auto manufacturer, we examine the operational performance implications of splitting the design of vehicle subsystems across multiple geographic locations. Our results indicate that global distribution diminishes the chance of completing tasks on time and degrades subsystem design quality. Finally, by examining the interplay between subsystem centrality and global distribution, we found that higher centrality in the product architecture amplifies the impact of global distribution on subsystem error rates.

Type: Article
Title: In-House Globalization: The Role of Globally Distributed Design and Product Architecture on Product Development Performance
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1111/poms.12079
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/poms.12079
Additional information: © 2013 The Authors. Production and Operations Management published by Wiley Periodicals, Inc. on behalf of Production and Operations Management Society This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Keywords: distributed work, global product development, networked design, product architecture
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science > UCL School of Management
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1361734
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