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Aeronautical manufacturer versus architect-integrator: a new industrial model for Airbus (In French)

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  • Med KECHIDI (LEREPS-GRES)

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This article analyzes the technical and organizational dynamics on which the strategies of the European aircraft manufacturer are founded. The point of view developed is that refocusing on architect-integrator activities, increasing modular decomposition of the process of building airplanes and the emergence of hub- firms as well as innovations - particularly those revolving around composites materials, Integrated Modular Avionics (IMA) and embedded systems - indicate a deep reorganization of Airbus\' industrial model.

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Paper provided by Groupement de Recherches Economiques et Sociales in its series Cahiers du GRES with number 2008-11.

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Date of creation: 2008
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Handle: RePEc:grs:wpegrs:2008-11

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Keywords: Airbus; modularity; hub-firm; innovation; supply chain;

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  1. Ulrich, Karl, 1995. "The role of product architecture in the manufacturing firm," Research Policy, Elsevier, vol. 24(3), pages 419-440, May.
  2. Vincent Frigant, 2005. "Vanishing hand versus Systems integrators - Une revue de la littérature sur l'impact organisationnel de la modularité," Revue d'Économie Industrielle, Programme National Persée, vol. 109(1), pages 29-52.
  3. Richard N. Langlois, 2001. "The Vanishing Hand: the Changing Dynamics of Industrial Capitalism," Economic History 0110001, EconWPA.
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