The Network Cell as a Step to the Network Factory

  • Raimo Hyötyläinen
  • Magnus Simons


Historically, the organisational structure of the company has been based on a functional hierarchy based on the principles of mass production. Companies are formed of a number of hierarchical levels, and the organisation is clearly divided into separate departments such as sales and marketing, product design, process planning, purchasing, production, and after-sales service. These in turn are divided into specialised subfunctions. This structure is based on a strict division of labour and on a simple and restricted set of information flows (Rummler and Brache, 1990).


Business Process Network Activity Support Activity Functional Area Mass Customisation 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Raimo Hyötyläinen
    • 1
  • Magnus Simons
    • 1
  1. 1.Industrial AutomationVTT AutomationEspooFinland

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