An examination of Computer-Aided Design (CAD) usage patterns, product architecture and organizational capabilities: Case illustrations from three electronic manufacturers

Youngwon Park*, Takahiro Fujimoto, Ryozo Yoshikawa, Paul Hong, Takeshi Abe

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

Increasingly, Arms recognize the strategic implications of front-end product design for improving total cost effectiveness. Computer-Aided-Design (CAD) is becoming firms' competitive weapon beyond its traditional function as a product design tool. Yet, it is unclear how the full potential of IT system, particularly the usage patterns of 3D CAD system, may be realized through organizational capabilities. This paper presents a model of IT system configurations and CAD usage patterns. Next, a typology of IT system configurations is presented based on (1) the degree of CAD Integration between assembly makers and suppliers (2) the structure of product design information, or product architecture. The product architectures of four electronic firms illustrate that organizational capabilities to utilize IT's potential is more important than IT investment itself.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPICMET '07 - Portland International Center for Management of Engineering and Technology - Proceedings Management of Converging Technologies
Pages166-179
Number of pages14
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2007
Externally publishedYes
EventPICMET '07 - Portland International Center for Management of Engineering and Technology - Management of Converging Technologies - Portland, OR, United States
Duration: 2007 Aug 52007 Aug 9

Publication series

NamePortland International Conference on Management of Engineering and Technology

Conference

ConferencePICMET '07 - Portland International Center for Management of Engineering and Technology - Management of Converging Technologies
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityPortland, OR
Period07/8/507/8/9

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)
  • Strategy and Management

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