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Migration Issues in Modularity for 1st Tier Automotive Suppliers

O'KANE, James and Trimble, Robert (2008) Migration Issues in Modularity for 1st Tier Automotive Suppliers. International Journal of Business and Management, 3 (5). pp. 57-68.

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This research attempts to explore the challenges and issues which local automotive component suppliers face as they
make the transition to cockpit module suppliers. The paper firstly provides a description of modularity and then
discusses the changing supplier roles and relationships in modular outsourcing. An exploratory case study approach
involving two suppliers and one OEM is then used to investigate these themes and provide some insights into the
motivations and implications for local component suppliers becoming cockpit module suppliers. The paper argues
that there are a number of key issues facing suppliers and OEMs in their quest for modular production and supply.
These relate to local expertise, supplier management, financial risk, and on-site/off-site (proximity) operations. This
study sheds light on important emerging trends within automotive 1st tier/OEM relationships, in particular issues
relating to changing supplier roles.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: H700 Production and Manufacturing Engineering
Faculty: Faculty of Business, Education and Law > Business
Depositing User: James O'KANE
Date Deposited: 19 Apr 2013 15:29
Last Modified: 19 Apr 2013 15:29
URI: http://eprints.staffs.ac.uk/id/eprint/789

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