Outsourcing of component design

Hilary Bates, David Twigg

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    This paper focuses on the approach of Western automotive companies to the management of their design chain. It considers the well-documented benefits and the not-so-well documented risks inherent in the adoption of a strategy of complete outsourcing of the design of major automotive components. It also assesses the role of the supplier as a source of component design expertise. Based on empirical observations from a number of small scale studies and interviews, the authors identify pertinent issues which should be considered by both vehicle manufacturers and component suppliers, and discuss the potential for knowledge vacuums to be created as a result of injudicious and hasty adoption of outsourcing policies.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationGlobalisation of the automotive industry : product, manufacture and sourcing
    Subtitle of host publicationHuman factors with lean/agile manufacturing in the automotive industries
    EditorsDieter Roller
    Place of PublicationCroydon
    PublisherAutomotive Automation Ltd.
    Number of pages10
    ISBN (Print)0947719954
    Publication statusPublished - 1997
    Event30th International Symposium for Automotive Technology and Automation 1997 - Florence, Italy
    Duration: 16 Jun 199719 Jun 1997
    Conference number: 30th


    Conference30th International Symposium for Automotive Technology and Automation 1997


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