Modularization as a system life cycle management strategy:Drivers, barriers, mechanisms and impacts


This literature-grounded research contributes to a deeper understanding of modularization as a system life cycle management strategy, by providing a comprehensive view of its key barriers, drivers, possible mechanisms of implementation and impact. This comprehensive view, arranged into a decision-making–driven ontology, enables a decision maker to systematically identify modularization implementation opportunities in different industrial and service domains. The proposed ontology transforms modularization into a fully operationalizable strategy and contributes to a paradigm shift in the understanding of modularization, from a pure design option (i.e. modularity) to a fully strategic choice that, by nature, impacts on many of the system’s life cycle phases and involves a number of stakeholders.

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Divisions: College of Engineering & Physical Sciences > School of Infrastructure and Sustainable Engineering > Engineering Systems and Supply Chain Management
College of Engineering & Physical Sciences
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Uncontrolled Keywords: barriers,drivers,impact,life cycle,mechanisms,Modularization,ontology,Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management,Management Science and Operations Research
Publication ISSN: 1847-9790
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Published Date: 2019-02-10
Published Online Date: 2019-02-10
Accepted Date: 2018-12-21
Authors: Micheli, Guido J.L.
Trucco, Paolo
Sabri, Yasmine (ORCID Profile 0000-0002-9620-9639)
Mancini, Mauro



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