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Convergence and diversity of the adoption of modular production in aircraft and automobile industries in Europe (In French)

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  • Vincent FRIGANT (GRES-E3i)
  • Damein TALBOT (Université de Metz)

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The first studies on the modular production support that this dominant design led to a structure of industries deeply original. The assumption of technological determinism subjacent with these works need to be explored. The first part of the article aims at presenting the logic of this argumentation by distinguishing technological and organisational dimensions of modularity. With this framework, we study the way in which the passage to the modularity in the aircraft and automobile industries en Europe is carried out. Our principal conclusion is: if it is possible to support the hypothesis of a convergence between two industries, their trajectories are nevertheless rather clearly opposite: technological vs. organizational push.

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  • Vincent FRIGANT (GRES-E3i) & Damein TALBOT (Université de Metz), 2002. "Convergence and diversity of the adoption of modular production in aircraft and automobile industries in Europe (In French)," Working Papers 2002-6, Equipe Industries Innovation Institutions, Université Bordeaux IV, France.
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    Modular Production; Organization; Supplier Relationships; Industries; Aircraft; Automobile;

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    • L - Industrial Organization
    • L - Industrial Organization
    • L - Industrial Organization
    • M - Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting; Personnel Economics

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