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Developing complex, mass-customized products in SME networks : perspectives from co-creation, solution space development, and information system design

  • Already for nearly three decades, Mass Customization (MC) has been described as a viable business model for companies in diverse sectors. Nonetheless, the introduction and the successful operation of an MC approach is a challenging endeavor for companies of all sizes. In this article, special attention is given to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), which increasingly collaborate in networks to successfully develop complex, mass-customized products. While collaboration allows for pooling several areas of expertise, the cross-organizational development poses challenges in manifold regards. To study these challenges, we set up a network business process model developed with four SMEs from the German high-tech textile industry. Based on the current literature on capabilities for MC, we evaluate the challenges of MC in SME networks detected in our network business process model to underpin the need for further research. In our study, we detail the conceptual analysis of such network-based scenarios along our process model for three focal areas: (1) co-creation, (2) solution space development, and (3) information system design. We construe the need for further research and derive implications for both academia and practice. Keywords: complexity, co-creation, information system design, new product development, SME, solution space

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Document Type:Article
Author:Leontin GrafmüllerORCiD, Stephan Hankammer, Sarah Hönigsberg, Hendrik Wache
Center:Center for Leading Innovation and Cooperation (CLIC)
Parent Title (English):International Journal of Industrial Engineering and Management
Year of Completion:2018
First Page:215
Last Page:227
Tag:Co-creation; Complexity; Information system design; New product development; SME; Solution space
Content Focus:Academic Audience
Peer Reviewed:Yes
Rankings:AJG Ranking / 1
SJR Ranking / Q3
Licence (German):License LogoUrheberrechtlich geschützt