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Customization and Variants in Terms of Form, Place and Time

Abstract : The interest in customization has increased due to globalization, and globalization makes competing on price more difficult if access to low-cost production is unavailable. Customization usually implies the creation of variants, where the final products are customized in form, place and/or time. However, the relation between customization and variants is unclear; therefore, the purpose of this study is to analyze customization in terms of form, place and time, as well as relate it to product proliferation (i.e., variant creation). Here, a time perspective is used, creating a clear relation to flow thinking. Using flow thinking and the two strategic decoupling points related to flow driver (customer order decoupling point) and flow differentiation (customer adaptation decoupling point) provides a better understanding of what, where and when customization can be applied.
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Joakim Wikner, Fredrik Tiedemann. Customization and Variants in Terms of Form, Place and Time. IFIP International Conference on Advances in Production Management Systems (APMS), Sep 2019, Austin, TX, United States. pp.383-391, ⟨10.1007/978-3-030-30000-5_48⟩. ⟨hal-02419269⟩



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