A recently released book presents a number of results from a few related, EU-funded research projects on agile and flexible manufactuing networks. It combines the work by a large number of scholars. Amongst these, my colleague Frank Steiner and myself have provided a chapter on "Mass Customization as an Enabler of Network Resilience". A full table of contents can be found here (external link).
Published by and availible from: ISTE Wiley
$: very (too) expenise, I am afraid.
The editors' summary of the book describes its content really well so there is not much point in rewriting it all from scratch:
This book provides the latest models, methods and guidelines for
networked enterprises to enhance their competitiveness and move towards
innovative high performance and agile industrial systems.
In many markets, competitiveness and economic growth rely
greatly on the move toward innovative high performance industrial
systems and agile networked enterprises through the creation and
consolidation of non-hierarchical manufacturing networks of
multi-national SMEs as opposed to networks based on powerful large-scale
Network performance can be significantly improved through
more harmonious and equitable peer-to-peer inter-enterprise
relationships, conforming decentralized and collaborative
Traditional hierarchical manufacturing networks are based on centralized
models, where some of the actors involved must adapt themselves to the
constraints defined by those who are most dominant. Real-world
experiences of such models have revealed some major problems due to the
centralized vision of the supply chain and the sub-optimal performance
of centralized decision-making. For the current highly dynamic markets,
this generates major inefficiencies in operation throughout the supply
This book collects the latest research regarding non-hierarchical
manufacturing networks and provides enterprises with valuable models,
methods and guidelines to improve their competitiveness.