Design-for-variety, postponement, and operational performance

Henrike Engele Elisabeth Boer

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Design for variety (DFV) practices such as product modularization, platform thinking and design for manufacturing/assembly have been suggested to yield considerable operational performance benefits. Some of these performance effects can be expected in all manufacturing settings, including the position of the customer order decoupling point (CODP). Other effects, however, may be more CODP-dependent. As the influence of the CODP on the performance effects of DFV has not hitherto been researched and empirically validated, the objective of this paper is to address the question whether the position of the CODP affects the performance effects of DFV practices and, if so, how?
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 22nd International EurOMA conference on Operations Management of Sustainable Competitiveness
Number of pages10
Place of PublicationNeuchâtel, Switzerland
PublisherThe European Operations Management Association
Publication dateJun 2015
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2015
Event22nd International EurOMA Conference: Operations Management for Sustainable Competitiveness - University of Neuchâtel, Neuchâtel, Switzerland
Duration: 26 Jun 20151 Jul 2015
Conference number: 22


Conference22nd International EurOMA Conference
LocationUniversity of Neuchâtel


  • Product design
  • Process design
  • Survey research

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