How much does variety-induced complexity actually cost? Linking axiomatic design with cost modelling

  • Matthias MeyerEmail author
  • Ole Meßerschmidt
  • Kai G. Mertens


Today, companies tend to offer a wide range of products, and the continuous introduction of more specific variants for individual customers is associated with complexity. This complexity is, to some degree, inevitable, and will yield additional costs that are frequently called complexity costs (Schuh, 2005). As a result, many organizations are facing the challenge of reconciling increased complexity with limiting costs, to be able to offer products at acceptable prices on the market.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Matthias Meyer
    • 1
    Email author
  • Ole Meßerschmidt
    • 1
  • Kai G. Mertens
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of Management Accounting and SimulationHamburg University of TechnologyHamburgDeutschland

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