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Defining Product Customization as Form Postponement

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  • Katsuyoshi Takashima

    (Graduate School of Business Administration, Kobe University)

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Form postponement is one of the theoretical frameworks used in recent years to explain the development of supply chain management through product customization in various industries, along with the creation of competitive advantage based on it. This study seeks to apply a modified version of Bucklin' s postponement-speculation model to the phenomenon of customization, defining customization as a form of postponement. This model demonstrates that production costs and uncertainty costs determine the optimal degree to which the manufacturing process can be postponed, measured by the two criteria of: i) product ratios and ii) process ratios in relation to customization. In referring to this model, this paper also acknowledges that recent developments in information technology have done a great deal to facilitate customization.

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  • Katsuyoshi Takashima, 2010. "Defining Product Customization as Form Postponement," Discussion Papers 2010-18, Kobe University, Graduate School of Business Administration.
  • Handle: RePEc:kbb:dpaper:2010-18
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    1. Ernst, Ricardo & Kamrad, Bardia, 2000. "Evaluation of supply chain structures through modularization and postponement," European Journal of Operational Research, Elsevier, vol. 124(3), pages 495-510, August.
    2. William N. Robinson & Greg Elofson, 2001. "Electronic Broker Impacts on the Value of Postponement in a Global Supply Chain," Journal of Global Information Management (JGIM), IGI Global, vol. 9(4), pages 29-43, October.
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