Quotation Wurzer, Thomas, Reiner, Gerald. 2018. Evaluating the impact of modular product design on flexibility performance and cost performance with delivery performance as a moderator. International Journal of Operations & Production Management, 38, (10), 1987-2008.


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Purpose The purpose of this paper is to examine whether modular product design is an appropriate practice to improve manufacturers’ flexibility performance and cost performance as well as to evaluate whether combined effects of modular product design and delivery performance on flexibility performance and cost performance exist. Design/methodology/approach Structural equation modeling with moderating effects is used. Moderating effects allow an evaluation whether combined effects of modular product design and delivery performance exist. For the analysis, data from the international high-performance manufacturing survey are used. Findings Analysis results show a positive relationship between modular product design and cost performance, but do not show a significant moderating effect. Thus, no combined effect of modular product design and delivery performance exists in the data at hand. Research limitations/implications A potential limitation of this study is the cross-sectional nature of the analysis. In order to test for causal relationships or chronological sequences, longitudinal data are deemed more suitable. Practical implications The findings make improvement processes more predictable and help managers to overcome traditional trade-off situations, especially in terms of flexibility performance and cost performance. Manufacturers are still neglecting the implementation of complementary methods for achieving an increase in flexibility while maintaining efficiency. Originality/value This paper complements prior research on the effect of improvement practices on operational performance dimensions. It also takes an alternative approach to examine whether a beneficial implementation sequence of improvement practices can be assumed.

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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Journal article
Journal International Journal of Operations & Production Management
Citation Index SSCI
WU-Journal-Rating new FIN-A, INF-A, STRAT-B, WH-A
Language English
Title Evaluating the impact of modular product design on flexibility performance and cost performance with delivery performance as a moderator
Volume 38
Number 10
Year 2018
Page from 1987
Page to 2008
Reviewed? Y
URL https://www.emeraldinsight.com/doi/full/10.1108/IJOPM-03-2017-0152
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/IJOPM-03-2017-0152
Open Access N
JEL M11

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Reiner, Gerald (Details)
External
Wurzer, Thomas (Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt, Austria)
Organization
Computer Integrated Manufacturing (CIM) (Details)
Research areas (ÖSTAT Classification 'Statistik Austria')
1133 Computer-aided simulation (Details)
5307 Business and management economics (Details)
5316 Industrial management (Details)
5326 Production research (Details)
5354 Business logistics (Details)
5365 Quality management (Details)
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