Cooperation and conflict in modular production and supplier parks: The case of Volvo Cars' modular assembly system

Publication Type:

Journal Article


International Journal of Automotive Technology and Management, Volume 6, Number 3, p.298-314 (2006)



This paper elaborates on the co-existence of cooperation and conflict between the suppliers and car manufacturer undertaking modular production in a supplier park. A case study of Volvo Cars' modular assembly system is used for illustrating the many issues leading to conflicts and cooperation in this type of setting. As one of the results, the paper advocates the use of a supply network view. Such a view encompasses more than the focal module suppliers and car manufacturer, and is required to understand the effects of the combined use of the modular production and supplier park concepts. Copyright © 2006 Inderscience Enterprises Ltd.

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