Calculation of Complexity Costs – An Approach for Rationalizing a Product Program

Christian Lindschou Hansen, Niels Henrik Mortensen, Lars Hvam

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    This paper proposes an operational method for rationalizing a product program based on the calculation of complexity costs. The method takes its starting point in the calculation of complexity costs on a product program level. This is done throughout the value chain ranging from component inventories at the factory sites, all the way to the distribution of finished goods from distribution centers to the customers. The method proposes a step-wise approach including the analysis, quantification and allocation of product program complexity costs by the means of identifying of a number of suggested Life Cycle Complexity Factors (LCCFs). The suggested method has been tested in an action based research study with promising results. The case study shows how the allocation of complexity costs on individual product variants provides previously unknown insights into the true cost structure of a product program. These findings represent an improved decision basis for the planning of reactive and proactive initiatives of rationalizing a product program.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings of NordDesign Conference 2012
    Number of pages8
    PublisherAalborg University, Center for Industrial Production
    Publication date2012
    ISBN (Print)978-87-91831-51-5
    Publication statusPublished - 2012
    EventNordDesign 2012 - Aalborg University, Aalborg, Denmark
    Duration: 22 Aug 201224 Aug 2012


    ConferenceNordDesign 2012
    LocationAalborg University


    • Complexity costs
    • Product program
    • Rationalization
    • Product architecture


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