Modularization in the Car Industry

Akira Takeishi*, Takahiro Fujimoto

*Corresponding author for this work

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Analyses modularisation in the world auto industry. Modularisation has involved architectural changes in product, production, and supplier systems in the industry. As an attempt to understand such multi-faceted, complex processes, this chapter proposes a conceptual framework that sees development/production activities as multiple hierarchies of products, processes, and inter-firm boundaries that are interlinked. Using this framework and drawing on case studies and questionnaire survey data, the chapter examines the on-going processes of modularisation in the industry and argues that tensions exist among the three hierarchies, and such tensions may lead to further changes in product, production, and suppliersystem architectures.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Business of Systems Integration
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9780191718847
ISBN (Print)0199263221, 9780199263226
Publication statusPublished - 2005 Jan 20
Externally publishedYes


  • Automotive industry
  • Inter-firm hierarchies
  • Modularity
  • Outsourcing
  • Product
  • Production
  • Systems integration

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Economics, Econometrics and Finance(all)


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