Aeronautical manufacturer versus architect-integrator: a new industrial model for Airbus (In French)
AbstractThis 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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Airbus; modularity; hub-firm; innovation; supply chain;
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