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Aeronautical manufacturer versus architect-integrator: a new industrial model for Airbus (In French)

Med Kechidi ()

Cahiers du GRES (2002-2009) from Groupement de Recherches Economiques et Sociales

Abstract: This article analyzes the technical and organizational dynamics on which the strategies of the European aircraft manufacturer are founded. The point of view developed is that refocusing on architect-integrator activities, increasing modular decomposition of the process of building airplanes and the emergence of hub- firms as well as innovations - particularly those revolving around composites materials, Integrated Modular Avionics (IMA) and embedded systems - indicate a deep reorganization of Airbus\' industrial model.

Keywords: Airbus; modularity; hub-firm; innovation; supply chain (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: L14 L23 L93 O31 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2008
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