Product Configuration Systems (PCS) is a step in the direction of mass customization in the sense that PCS allows a firm to significantly lower the unit cost of configuration. Thus PCS is a valuable technology for lowering operating costs while retaining a high number of possible product configurations. However, costs are but one parameter on which firms compete and firms must continually innovate new and develop existing products. This paper presents original empirical insights on implementation and use of product configuration systems in a number of Danish industrial firms. The paper discusses the organisational changes associated with PCS and how this affects product innovation and development. The paper begins by introducing product configuration systems, which are then placed in context to the firm as a process technology which coordinate different processes: product development, order acquisition, order fulfilment and production.
|Title of host publication||Proceedings from the International Conference on Economic, Technical and Organisational aspects of P|
|Editors||Kasper Edwards, Lars Hvam, Morten Møldrup, Niels Møller, Jørgen Lindgaard Pedersen and Jesper Riis.|
|Number of pages||250|
|Publisher||Institut for Produktion og Ledelse, DTU|
|Publication status||Published - 2004|
|Event||International Conference on Economic, Technical and Organisational aspects of Product Configuration Systems - Technical University of Denmark, Kgs. Lyngby, Denmark|
Duration: 28 Jun 2004 → 29 Jun 2004
|Conference||International Conference on Economic, Technical and Organisational aspects of Product Configuration Systems|
|Location||Technical University of Denmark|
|Period||28/06/2004 → 29/06/2004|
Edwards, K., & Pedersen, J. L. (2004). Product Configuration Systems - Implications for Product Innovation and Development. In K. E. L. H. M. M. N. M. J. L. P. A. J. R. (Ed.), Proceedings from the International Conference on Economic, Technical and Organisational aspects of P Institut for Produktion og Ledelse, DTU.