Product architecture, organizational capabilities and IT integration for competitive advantage

Youngwon Park, Takahiro Fujimoto, Paul Hong*


研究成果: Article査読

40 被引用数 (Scopus)


Increasingly, firms 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 and (2) the structure of product design information (i.e.; product architecture). The product architecture of four electronic firms illustrates that information integration through organizational capabilities is more important than IT investment itself. The findings suggest that a Korean firm accomplishes a greater level of IT integration compared to the other two Japanese firms and thus attain better market performance. This study offers valuable insight on effective IT integration strategy for competitive advantage in the global market.

ジャーナルInternational Journal of Information Management
出版ステータスPublished - 2012 10月

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • 管理情報システム
  • 情報システム
  • コンピュータ ネットワークおよび通信
  • 情報システムおよび情報管理
  • マーケティング
  • 図書館情報学
  • 人工知能


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