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In-House Globalization: The Role of Globally Distributed Design and Product Architecture on Product Development Performance
Article first published online: 17 OCT 2013
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Production and Operations Management
Volume 22, Issue 6, pages 1509–1523, November/December 2013
How to Cite
Gokpinar, B., Hopp, W. J. and Iravani, S. M. R. (2013), In-House Globalization: The Role of Globally Distributed Design and Product Architecture on Product Development Performance. Production and Operations Management, 22: 1509–1523. doi: 10.1111/poms.12079
- Issue published online: 25 NOV 2013
- Article first published online: 17 OCT 2013
- Accepted manuscript online: 2 MAY 2013 10:34AM EST
- Manuscript Accepted: OCT 2011
- Manuscript Received: JAN 2010
- National Science Foundation under. Grant Numbers: DMI-0423048, DMI-024377
- distributed work;
- global product development;
- networked design;
- product architecture
Changes in the global economy and technological advances are stimulating increased geographic distribution of new product design and development efforts. For large organizations that design and develop complex products, this geographic distribution has added a new layer of complexity to product development operations. In this empirical study of a large auto manufacturer, we examine the operational performance implications of splitting the design of vehicle subsystems across multiple geographic locations. Our results indicate that global distribution diminishes the chance of completing tasks on time and degrades subsystem design quality. Finally, by examining the interplay between subsystem centrality and global distribution, we found that higher centrality in the product architecture amplifies the impact of global distribution on subsystem error rates.