Modularity and industrial complexes:perspectives for green operations in the automotive industry


This paper discusses the possible contributions from modularity and industrial condominiums towards enhancing environmental performance in the automotive industry. The research described in this study is underpinned by a review of journal articles and books on the topics of: modularity of production systems; green operations practices, and the automotive industry and sustainability. The methodology is based on theoretical analysis of the contribution of the modular production system characteristics used in the automotive industry for Green Operations Practices (GOP). The following GOPs were considered: green buildings, eco design, green supply chains, greener manufacturing, and reverse logistics. The results are theoretical in nature; however, due to the small number of studies that investigate the relationship between modularity and sustainability, this work is relevant to increase knowledge in academic circles and among practitioners in order to understand the possible environmental benefits from modular production systems.

Divisions: College of Business and Social Sciences > Aston Business School
College of Business and Social Sciences > Aston Business School > Operations & Information Management
Event Title: 14th international annual conference of the European Operations Management Association
Event Type: Other
Event Dates: 2007-06-17 - 2007-06-20
Uncontrolled Keywords: green operations practices,modularity and automotive industry
ISBN: 978-975-6090-23-7
Last Modified: 26 Dec 2023 09:42
Date Deposited: 14 Nov 2013 09:57
PURE Output Type: Conference contribution
Published Date: 2007
Authors: Nunes, Breno (ORCID Profile 0000-0001-8892-2728)
Bennett, David (ORCID Profile 0000-0003-1480-8652)



Version: Accepted Version

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