Postponement Based on the Positioning of the Differentiation and Decoupling Points

  • Joakim Wikner
  • Hartanto Wong
Part of the IFIP — The International Federation for Information Processing book series (IFIPAICT, volume 246)


Structural analysis of supply chains often involves postponement to some degree. The concept has received a lot of attention in the literature but the understanding of how to operationalize the concept still deserves some attention. A framework is introduced that provides an integrative picture of how different aspects of supply chain and operations management interplay in a postponement context. The framework is founded on a process/object perspective where a set of characteristics, properties and concepts are identified for each entity.


Supply Chain Mass Customization Customer Order Changeover Time Product Configuration 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Joakim Wikner
    • 1
  • Hartanto Wong
    • 2
  1. 1.School of EngineeringJönköping UniversityJönköpingSweden
  2. 2.Innovative Manufacturing Research CentreColum DriveCardiff UniversityCardiffUK

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