This text provides informative, short introductions to the core concepts of Operations Management. This text contains more than 50 concept entries and is fully cross-referenced.An outstanding reference for Operations Management students at all levels. 



A platform is a generic product architecture from which several product versions can be designed and manufactured by combining different components, called modules.

A recent development of innovation management in terms of product architecture has been the introduction of the product platform.Table 4 summarises the differences between traditional design and platform design.

Table 4 Comparison of the traditional design approach with the modern platform approach
Traditional ApproachPlatform Approach
Design of product architectureDuplicated for each product versionUnique, the platform is designed once
Design of product componentSpecific to each product version – if a component changes, the architecture should be redesignedComponents are attached to unique functionalities and have to respect tight interfacing specifications
Organisation of designTeam is responsible for the design of a product versionTeam is responsible either for the design of ...
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