DS 49: Proceedings of NordDesign 2004 Conference, Tampere, Finland, 18.-20.08.2004

Year: 2004
Editor: Lehtonen, Timo; Pulkkinen, Antti and Riitahuhta, Asko
Author: Hansen, Poul Kyvsgaard; Mikkola, Jullana Hsuan
Page(s): 124 - 132


This paper discusses the use and usage of the concepts of platforms and architectures. We provide some clarification about the relationship between platform and product architectures. Our on-going research supports the understanding that the term 'platform' is used differently by different firms. This is also reflected in part of the academic literature. There is, however, only a small number of contributions focusing on configuring the "differences" when firms arc implementing and managing platforms. In bringing theoretical and empirical research a step closer, we propose a dynamic research set up, which includes the following research activities: literature review, case studies, and action research. The paper also identifies some of the key factors for platform management in terms of a platform template.

Keywords: Platform architectures, Platform template, Platform process


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