Unpacking product modularity. Innovation in R&D Teams

Research output: ThesisDoctoral Thesis

30 Downloads (Pure)

Abstract

Does modularity stimulate innovation or, on the other side, are these modules and standards limiting engineers to innovative? The R&D team collaboration context is somewhat paradoxical, as it requires autonomy, on the one hand, working and keeping modules separate in design, and yet interaction on the other hand, as teams need to be participative in the integrative process of bringing different modules together. This story is centered on the influences of product modularity on innovation under the specific R&D team context. Essentially, this study unpacks the understanding of the concept of product modularity in R&D organizations by establishing the two essential dimensions of product modularity (i.e., module standardization and reconfiguration), and studying the effects on innovation in R&D teams. In addition, this work enhances the understanding of the concept of alignment between task and organizational structure and provides evidence of the impact of this alignment on innovation.
Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
Awarding Institution
  • Tilburg University
Supervisors/Advisors
  • Duijsters, Geert, Promotor
  • de Leeuw, Tim, Promotor
Award date26 Apr 2019
Place of PublicationTilburg
Publisher
Print ISBNs978 90 5668 585 0
Publication statusPublished - 2019

Fingerprint

Product modularity
Innovation
Module
Alignment
Modularity
Reconfiguration
Standardization
Autonomy
Organizational structure
Engineers
Interaction

Cite this

Martinez Martin, D. (2019). Unpacking product modularity. Innovation in R&D Teams. Tilburg: CentER, Center for Economic Research.
Martinez Martin, Daniel. / Unpacking product modularity. Innovation in R&D Teams. Tilburg : CentER, Center for Economic Research, 2019. 220 p.
@phdthesis{af70e6732cc646668e5bd608d1ecfb4b,
title = "Unpacking product modularity. Innovation in R&D Teams",
abstract = "Does modularity stimulate innovation or, on the other side, are these modules and standards limiting engineers to innovative? The R&D team collaboration context is somewhat paradoxical, as it requires autonomy, on the one hand, working and keeping modules separate in design, and yet interaction on the other hand, as teams need to be participative in the integrative process of bringing different modules together. This story is centered on the influences of product modularity on innovation under the specific R&D team context. Essentially, this study unpacks the understanding of the concept of product modularity in R&D organizations by establishing the two essential dimensions of product modularity (i.e., module standardization and reconfiguration), and studying the effects on innovation in R&D teams. In addition, this work enhances the understanding of the concept of alignment between task and organizational structure and provides evidence of the impact of this alignment on innovation.",
author = "{Martinez Martin}, Daniel",
note = "CentER Dissertation Series Volume: 584",
year = "2019",
language = "English",
isbn = "978 90 5668 585 0",
series = "CentER Dissertation Series",
publisher = "CentER, Center for Economic Research",
school = "Tilburg University",

}

Martinez Martin, D 2019, 'Unpacking product modularity. Innovation in R&D Teams', Doctor of Philosophy, Tilburg University, Tilburg.

Unpacking product modularity. Innovation in R&D Teams. / Martinez Martin, Daniel.

Tilburg : CentER, Center for Economic Research, 2019. 220 p.

Research output: ThesisDoctoral Thesis

TY - THES

T1 - Unpacking product modularity. Innovation in R&D Teams

AU - Martinez Martin, Daniel

N1 - CentER Dissertation Series Volume: 584

PY - 2019

Y1 - 2019

N2 - Does modularity stimulate innovation or, on the other side, are these modules and standards limiting engineers to innovative? The R&D team collaboration context is somewhat paradoxical, as it requires autonomy, on the one hand, working and keeping modules separate in design, and yet interaction on the other hand, as teams need to be participative in the integrative process of bringing different modules together. This story is centered on the influences of product modularity on innovation under the specific R&D team context. Essentially, this study unpacks the understanding of the concept of product modularity in R&D organizations by establishing the two essential dimensions of product modularity (i.e., module standardization and reconfiguration), and studying the effects on innovation in R&D teams. In addition, this work enhances the understanding of the concept of alignment between task and organizational structure and provides evidence of the impact of this alignment on innovation.

AB - Does modularity stimulate innovation or, on the other side, are these modules and standards limiting engineers to innovative? The R&D team collaboration context is somewhat paradoxical, as it requires autonomy, on the one hand, working and keeping modules separate in design, and yet interaction on the other hand, as teams need to be participative in the integrative process of bringing different modules together. This story is centered on the influences of product modularity on innovation under the specific R&D team context. Essentially, this study unpacks the understanding of the concept of product modularity in R&D organizations by establishing the two essential dimensions of product modularity (i.e., module standardization and reconfiguration), and studying the effects on innovation in R&D teams. In addition, this work enhances the understanding of the concept of alignment between task and organizational structure and provides evidence of the impact of this alignment on innovation.

M3 - Doctoral Thesis

SN - 978 90 5668 585 0

T3 - CentER Dissertation Series

PB - CentER, Center for Economic Research

CY - Tilburg

ER -

Martinez Martin D. Unpacking product modularity. Innovation in R&D Teams. Tilburg: CentER, Center for Economic Research, 2019. 220 p. (CentER Dissertation Series).