In-house globalization: The role of globally distributed design and product architecture on product development performance

Bilal Gokpinar, Wallace J. Hopp, Seyed M.R. Iravani

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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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1509-1523
Number of pages15
JournalProduction and Operations Management
Volume22
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 1 2013

Keywords

  • distributed work
  • global product development
  • networked design
  • product architecture

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Management Science and Operations Research
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering
  • Management of Technology and Innovation

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