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.
|Title of host publication||Globalisation of the automotive industry : product, manufacture and sourcing|
|Subtitle of host publication||Human factors with lean/agile manufacturing in the automotive industries|
|Place of Publication||Croydon|
|Publisher||Automotive Automation Ltd.|
|Number of pages||10|
|Publication status||Published - 1997|
|Event||30th International Symposium for Automotive Technology and Automation 1997 - Florence, Italy|
Duration: 16 Jun 1997 → 19 Jun 1997
Conference number: 30th
|Conference||30th International Symposium for Automotive Technology and Automation 1997|
|Period||16/06/97 → 19/06/97|
Bates, H., & Twigg, D. (1997). Outsourcing of component design. In D. Roller (Ed.), Globalisation of the automotive industry : product, manufacture and sourcing: Human factors with lean/agile manufacturing in the automotive industries (pp. 127-136). Automotive Automation Ltd..