Title: Engineering changes - research findings and future directions

Authors: A.S. Balakrishnan; Jayshree Suresh

Addresses: Material Planning and Logistics Department, Ford Global Business and Technology Center, Ford Motor Private Limited, Elcot SEZ, Plot No. 13, 14 and 15, Sholinganallur, Chennai, 600119, Tamil Nadu, India ' Loyola Institute of Business Administration, 1, Sterling Road, Nungambakkam, Chennai, 600-034, Tamil Nadu, India

Abstract: Today's global competitive market and diverse advancements of technologies force any firms to focus on core business processes to launch their product on time to market. Though there is more literature on engineering changes (ECs), the sufficient frame of reference is not sufficiently developed in terms of its classification. Hence, a brief sorting to help researchers and academicians in understanding ECs from broader outlook is necessary. In this research work, the literature on ECs categorised on the basis of: 1) problematic environment; 2) approach and methodology adopted to improve organisation performance. Total 231 published articles were classified and examined for future research opportunities by using the literature gaps. A timeline representing related papers is also provided to understand ECs relation with respect to product development and operations. To strengthen the research findings and future directions, a case study included related to ECs influence on automotive supply chain.

Keywords: engineering change; EC; problematic environment; approach and methodology; literature; product development; operations; automotive supply chain.

DOI: 10.1504/IJENM.2022.122418

International Journal of Enterprise Network Management, 2022 Vol.13 No.1, pp.66 - 103

Received: 30 Sep 2019
Accepted: 09 Aug 2020

Published online: 25 Apr 2022 *

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