Product Complexity Impact on Quality and Delivery Performance

Jeppe Bjerrum Nielsen, Lars Hvam

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    Abstract

    Existing literature on product portfolio complexity is mainly focused on cost related aspects. It is widely acknowledged that an increase in a company’s product portfolio will lead to an increase in complexity related costs such as order management, procurement and inventory. The objective of this article is to examine which other factors that might be affected when a company is expanding its product portfolio, if initiatives are not taken to accommodate this increase. Empirical work carried out in a large international engineering company having a market leader position confirms that cost is increased, but it is not the only factor affected. We can document that there is a tendency towards increasing lead times as well as a drop in on time delivery and quality for newly introduced product variants. This means that the company experiences a reduced ability to deliver on time while also receiving more quality related complaints for the product variants, seldom engineered and produced.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationWorld Conference on Mass Customization, Personalization, and Co-Creation
    Publication date2011
    Publication statusPublished - 2011
    Event2011 World Conference on Mass Customization, Personalization, and Co-Creation: Bridging Mass Customization & Open Innovation - Airport Marriott Waterfront, San Francisco, CA, United States
    Duration: 16 Nov 201119 Nov 2011
    http://corporateinnovation.berkeley.edu/mcpc2011/

    Conference

    Conference2011 World Conference on Mass Customization, Personalization, and Co-Creation
    LocationAirport Marriott Waterfront
    CountryUnited States
    CitySan Francisco, CA
    Period16/11/201119/11/2011
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    November 16-19, 2011

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