Analyzing module commonality for platform design using dendrograms

Katja Hölttä-Otto*, Kevin Otto

*Corresponding author for this work

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The key to defining a good platform is to identify the common modules that will be shared among products. We develop a quantitative algorithm to identify common sets of elements within a product, as well as, across products. We show a quantitative way of measuring module commonality. We specify commonality based on a Euclidean distance that compares different modules' inputs and outputs. We cluster modules based on their measured commonality and use dendrograms as a tool to identify groups of similar modules in a product family at the architectural phase of product design. We present the results of the application of our method on a hypothetical example and a real case study. © 2008 Springer-Verlag London Limited.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)127-141
Number of pages15
Issue number2-3
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2008
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


  • Commonality
  • Dendrogram
  • Module
  • Platform
  • Product architecture

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