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Measurement of Product Architecture: A Case of the Bicycle Industry


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Title: Measurement of Product Architecture: A Case of the Bicycle Industry
Authors: Tsuchihashi, Rikiya
Issue Date: 25-Mar-2015
Publisher: 長崎大学経済学部 東南アジア研究所 / The Research Institute of Southeast Asia, Faculty of Economics, Nagasaki University
Citation: 東南アジア研究年報, 56, pp.25-38; 2015
Abstract: We argue how to measure product architecture by applying the measurement framework proposed by Fixson (2005,2008) to assess the architecture of bicycles. Our results reveal that (1) function=component allocation indicates integral architecture,(2) interfaces are highly standardized, and (3) integrating these results, bicycle architecture is modular. We also found that while Fixson's framework (2005,2008) is helpful and useful, analysis of the interdependency between components is lacking. Based on our research, we suggest that function should equal component allocation (referred to as function=component allocation) to determine product architecture, and, more importantly, component interactions should be described to illustrate the entire product architecture.
Keywords: product architecture / function-component allocation / modular / bicycle
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10069/35197
ISSN: 05471443
Type: Departmental Bulletin Paper
Text Version: publisher
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Citable URI : http://hdl.handle.net/10069/35197

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