Modular Innovation Networks in High-Technology Industries

Milton Freitas Chagas, Roque Rabechini Jr, Arnoldo Souza Cabral, Milton de Abreu Campanario


The article shows how interorganizational modular networks are structured in two high-tecnology industries: Embraer and Siemens. Three product platforms were used in the research: the Embraer 170/190 program from Embraer and the SX platform and X-ray equipment from Siemens. The objective of this article is to expand our comprehension of systems integration as a coordination mechanism in projects. The method adopted in the research is a case study. Data were collected by interviews and by analysis of documents from the two organizations. It was possible to identify and analyze the influence of the level of coupling and how the networks are structured. The research shows two levels of coupling in the modular innovation networks studied: two loosely coupled networks and one tightly coupled network. In addition, it was verified that the system integrators, the organizations that lead the modular networks, act as a matter of facts as knowledge integrators.


Innovation; Modular Networks; Project Management; Systems Integration



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