The Architecture Improvement Method: Cost Management and Systemic Learning About Strategic Product Architectures

15 Pages Posted: 26 Oct 2007

See all articles by Petra C. De Weerd-Nederhof

Petra C. De Weerd-Nederhof

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Marc J. F. Wouters

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology

Steven J. A. Teuns

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Paul H. Hissel

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Abstract

The architecture improvement method (AIM) is a method for multidisciplinary product architecture improvement, addressing uncertainty and complexity and incorporating feedback loops, facilitating trade-off decision making during the architecture creation process. The research reported in this paper demonstrates the ability of the AIM to contribute to cost management and systemic learning in the creation of strategic product architectures, throughout the entire product life cycle. Application of the method in five case studies within two divisions of Royal Philips Electronics shows that in cases of medium uncertainty, substantial cost management benefits can be achieved and that the AIM facilitates systemic learning through the accumulation of architectural competence, thus facilitating organizational memory.

Suggested Citation

De Weerd-Nederhof, Petra C. and Wouters, Marc J. F. and Teuns, Steven J. A. and Hissel, Paul H., The Architecture Improvement Method: Cost Management and Systemic Learning About Strategic Product Architectures. R&D Management, Vol. 37, Issue 5, pp. 425-439, November 2007. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1024363 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-9310.2007.00490.x

Petra C. De Weerd-Nederhof (Contact Author)

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Marc J. F. Wouters

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Steven J. A. Teuns

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Paul H. Hissel

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