In this book, the results from a multi-year research project on the
“Modeling, Planning, and Assessment of Business Transformation Processes
in the Area of Mass Customization” are published. Among other topics, we
analyze information and production systems for mass customization and we
also develop steering and controlling concepts for the variety induced
complexity problem. With the developed tools and frameworks, it is
intended to provide basic approaches for coping with the main problems in
mass customization, concerning the optimal product assortment to be offered
to customers and the product variants to be selected for a particular customer
during the interaction process.
“Information and Management Systems for Product Customization” can
be positioned at the intersection of Operations Management, Computer
Science and Industrial Engineering. It is targeted on a broad audience with
both technical and economical backgrounds, especially researchers and
students in the mentioned subject areas, but it is also directed towards
practitioners in mass customizing industries.
We would like to acknowledge the efforts of Kluwer Academic
Publishers, in particular Gary Folven. The research project was funded partly
by grants from the Austrian Central Bank, OeNB, No. 9706, and from the
Kaerntner Wirtschaftsfoerderungsfonds, KWF.
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