Shorter lead-time, improved quality of product specifications and better communication with customers and suppliers are benefits derived from the application of configurators. Configurators are knowledge-based IT-systems that can be applied to deal with product knowledge and to support different processes in a company. Traditionally, configurators have been used as an internal tool. In this paper focus will be on the application of configurators in a network of companies, and a procedure for developing product configurators in a network of companies will be presented. The aim is to present a structured guideline, tools and methods on how to successfully develop configurators in a network perspective. Findings presented in this paper are supported by research in a case company. The results from the empirical work show a huge potential for the application of configurators in networks of companies.
|Title of host publication||2nd Interdisciplinary World Congress on Mass Customization and Personalization, 6-8. October 2003, M|
|Publication status||Published - 2003|
|Event||2nd Interdisciplinary World Congress on Mass Customization and Personalization - Munich, Germany|
Duration: 6 Oct 2003 → 8 Oct 2003
Conference number: 2
|Conference||2nd Interdisciplinary World Congress on Mass Customization and Personalization|
|Period||06/10/2003 → 08/10/2003|