Background Note | HBS Case Collection | October 2011 (Revised July 2012)

Modularity in Design and Manufacturing: Application to Commercial Aircraft

by Willy Shih and Margaret Pierson

Abstract

The note discusses the modularization of design, and the modularization of manufacturing in the commercial aerospace industry. It is intended to be taught with the case, "Boeing 737 Industrial Footprint: The Wichita Decision," HBS No. 612-036.

Keywords: Design; Production; Technology; Aerospace Industry;

Citation:

Shih, Willy, and Margaret Pierson. "Modularity in Design and Manufacturing: Application to Commercial Aircraft." Harvard Business School Background Note 612-035, October 2011. (Revised July 2012.)