Modularity and industrial complexes: perspectives for green operations in the automotive industry

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Abstract

This paper discusses the possible contributions from modularity and industrial condominiums towards enhancing environmental performance in the automotive industry. The research described in this study is underpinned by a review of journal articles and books on the topics of: modularity of production systems; green operations practices, and the automotive industry and sustainability. The methodology is based on theoretical analysis of the contribution of the modular production system characteristics used in the automotive industry for Green Operations Practices (GOP). The following GOPs were considered: green buildings, eco design, green supply chains, greener manufacturing, and reverse logistics. The results are theoretical in nature; however, due to the small number of studies that investigate the relationship between modularity and sustainability, this work is relevant to increase knowledge in academic circles and among practitioners in order to understand the possible environmental benefits from modular production systems.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication14th International Annual EurOMA Conference
Subtitle of host publicationmanaging operations in an expanding Europe
EditorsNuran Acur, Nesim Erkip, Evrim Güneş
Publication statusPublished - 2007
Event14th international annual conference of the European Operations Management Association - Ankara, Turkey
Duration: 17 Jun 200720 Jun 2007

Conference

Conference14th international annual conference of the European Operations Management Association
Abbreviated titleEurOMA 2007
CountryTurkey
CityAnkara
Period17/06/0720/06/07

Keywords

  • green operations practices
  • modularity and automotive industry

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