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From A300 to A350: technical and organisational innovation trajectory of Airbus

Med Kechidi ()
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Med Kechidi: FRAMESPA - France, Amériques, Espagne – Sociétés, pouvoirs, acteurs - UT2J - Université Toulouse - Jean Jaurès - CNRS - Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique

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Abstract: The aim of this paper is to show that Airbus's success can be attributed to two types of factors. First, each new aircraft model has produced a technological breakthrough in the design and manufacturing of aircraft. Secondly, Airbus's capacity to evolve their industrial organisation model in keeping with technological transformations. In this trajectory, modularization and outsourcing policies have played major roles. In particular they play a major role in the emergence of new actors the pivot-firms. These firms have a critical position in management of technical and organizational interfaces between the architect-integrator and the firms participating in the design and production of aircrafts.

Keywords: outsourcing; pivot-firm; modularization; Airbus; industrial organization; innovation; Aeronautics Industry (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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Date: 2019-06
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Published in Nacelles, Presses Universitaires du Midi, In press

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