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Author Coletti, Paolo.
Title Mass customization : an exploration of European characteristics / Paolo Coletti, Thomas Aichner.
Imprint Heidelberg ; New York : Springer, 2011.

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Series SpringerBriefs in Business.
SpringerBriefs in business.
Subject Mass customization -- Europe.
Flexible manufacturing systems -- Europe.
Production engineering -- Europe.
Marketing research -- Europe.
Internet marketing -- Europe.
Alt Name Aichner, Thomas.
Description 1 online resource (x, 80 pages) : illustrations (some color).
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references.
Summary Mass Customization excites both Researchers and Practitioners because of the possibility to produce customized products with mass production efficiency. Mass Customization - An Exploration of European Characteristics gives an overview on the need for personalisation from a customer perspective, analyses Mass Customization theories and assesses relevant best practices of European and International markets. The results of a survey among more than 500 European customers show a declining willingness of customers to compromise on the issue of suitability of products to their personal needs and preferences, the possibility for companies to break brand loyalty and the influence of immediate availability, delivery time and price to the customer's willingness to take part in the co-creation process. Mass Customization has become important to business because of the difficulties of customers to find what they want despite an increase in product variety for many products over the past decades. The emergence of modern technologies in production and communication, however, allows companies to produce customized products without relinquishing economies of scale. With only few companies having taken this promising path, the authors believe that Mass Customization and Mass Customization related marketing strategies will play an essential role in the future and prompt both market leaders and their competitors to offer customization on a large scale for a vast variety of products.
Contents Mass Customization; Preface; Acknowledgments; Contents; 1 The Need for Personalisation; Abstract; 1.1 ... The Evolution of Needs;;;;;;; 1.2 ... Trend in Product Variety; 1.3 ... Emergence of Mass Customization;; 1.3.1 Competencies; 1.3.2 Transition and Implementation; References; 2 Mass Customization; Abstract; 2.1 ... Different Perspective to Mass Customization;;; 2.2 ... Electronic Mass Customization;
2.3 ... Mass Customization; 2.3.1 A Demonstrative Model for Customized Assembly; References; 3 Empirical Investigation; Abstract; 3.1 ... Sample and Methodology; 3.2 ... Factors Impacting Consumers' Behaviour; 3.2.1 Prices and Availability; 3.2.2 Personalisation Intention; 3.2.3 Time; 3.2.4 Brand; References; 4 Conclusions; Abstract; 4.1 ... The Role of Stores for Mass Customized Products; References; Appendix I: Survey's Questions; Appendix II: English Questionnaire; Appendix III: German Questionnaire; Appendix IV: Italian Questionnaire; Appendix V: Questionnaire's Answers.
Note Print version record.
ISBN 9783642183904 (electronic bk.)
3642183905 (electronic bk.)
3642183891 (print)
9783642183898 (print)
ISBN/ISSN 10.1007/978-3-642-18390-4
OCLC # 728098354
Additional Format Print version: Mass customization 9783642183898 (OCoLC)759390311.