Gestaltung agiler Produktionsnetzwerke

  • Design of agile production networks

Ays, Julian Leander; Schuh, Günther (Thesis advisor); Boos, Wolfgang (Thesis advisor)

1. Auflage. - Aachen : Apprimus Verlag (2021)
Book, Dissertation / PhD Thesis

In: Ergebnisse aus der Produktionstechnik 33/2021
Page(s)/Article-Nr.: XXI, 279 Seiten : Illustrationen, Diagramme

Dissertation, RWTH Aachen University, 2021


Global production networks are increasingly confronted with numerous challenges in a highly complex, uncertain world. External and internal conditions change regularly and unexpected events with particularly serious consequences occur more and more frequently. The ability of companies to adapt their own network to these circumstances quickly and cost-effectively has thus become one of the most important competitive factors. For this, it is indispensable to strive for a holistic, strategic design of the adaptability in the network. This strategic, fast and economically efficient adaptability to expected and unexpected events is called agility. In this context, the aim of this work is the development of a company-specific methodology for the strategic and cost-effective design of agility in global production networks in order to be able to react quickly to internal and external, expected and unexpected changes. The designed methodology is divided into three main phases, each with several submodels. In the identification phase, both the structures of the network under investigation and the influencing factors of the existing environment are analysed. The subsequent design phase is divided into a strategic orientation, for anchoring agility and creating a strategic agility vision, and a concrete design implementation, for deriving concrete measures on the basis of agility enablers. In addition, agility-supporting framework conditions are identified. The final evaluation phase concentrates on the economic evaluation and selection of the derived measures in order to achieve a company-specific, cost-effective agility of the network. With the designed methodology, the thesis provides a decisive contribution to the holistic, strategic design of agility in global production networks in the area of tension between increasing adaptability and the associated costs.