New book: Intelligent Non-hierarchical Manufacturing Networks

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).

INet_BookIntelligent Non-hierarchical Manufacturing Networks
Editors: R. Poller, L.M. Carneiro, T. Jasinski, M. Zolghadri, P. Pedrazzoli

Published by and availible from: ISTE Wiley

ISBN: 9781848214811

 $: 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
decision-making models.

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.

By | 2018-06-14T06:48:20+00:00 Februar 12th, 2013|Books|

About the Author:

Frank T. Piller is a Co-Director of the MIT Smart Customization Group at the MIT Media Lab, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA, and a chair professor of management at the Technology & Innovation Management Group of RWTH Aachen University, Germany, one of Europe’s leading institutes of technology. Before entering his recent position in Aachen, he worked at the MIT Sloan School of Management (2004-2007) and has been an associate professor of management at TUM Business School, Technische Universitaet Muenchen. Frequently quoted in The New York Times, The Economist, and Business Week, amongst others, Frank is regarded as one of the leading experts on strategies for customer-centric value creation, like mass customization, personalization, and innovation co-creation. His recent analysis of the crowdsourcing business model “Threadless” (co-authored with Susumu Ogawa), an innovative crowdsourcing business model in the fashion industry, has been elected as one of the Top-20 articles in MIT Sloan Management Review.