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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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  • Med KECHIDI (LEREPS-GRES), 2008. "Aeronautical manufacturer versus architect-integrator: a new industrial model for Airbus (In French)," Cahiers du GRES (2002-2009) 2008-11, Groupement de Recherches Economiques et Sociales.
  • Handle: RePEc:grs:wpegrs:2008-11
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    1. 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.
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    Keywords

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

    JEL classification:

    • L14 - Industrial Organization - - Market Structure, Firm Strategy, and Market Performance - - - Transactional Relationships; Contracts and Reputation
    • L23 - Industrial Organization - - Firm Objectives, Organization, and Behavior - - - Organization of Production
    • L93 - Industrial Organization - - Industry Studies: Transportation and Utilities - - - Air Transportation
    • O31 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Innovation; Research and Development; Technological Change; Intellectual Property Rights - - - Innovation and Invention: Processes and Incentives

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