Modularity in the Design of Complex Engineering Systems

  • Carliss Y. Baldwin
  • Kim B. Clark
Part of the Understanding Complex Systems book series (UCS)


In the last decade, the concept of modularity has caught the attention of engineers, management researchers and corporate strategists in a number of industries. When a product or process is “modularized,” the elements of its design are split up and assigned to modules according to a formal architecture or plan. From an engineering perspective, a modularization generally has three purposes:


Design Rule Module Design Modular Design Modular System Modular Architecture 
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  • Carliss Y. Baldwin
    • 1
  • Kim B. Clark
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  1. 1.Harvard Business SchoolBoston

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