Value chain concept for power electronics based products
Leaders for Global Operations Program.
Olivier L. de Weck, James L. Kirtley Jr., and Thomas Roemer.
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Integration of renewable energy, general decentralization of generating power and a high degree of automation may trigger a technological change in grid infrastructure, away from electromechanical products and towards more flexible power electronics based products. Maschinenfabrik Reinhausen (MR), a premium manufacturer for specialized components and equipment for the electrical distribution and transmission grid, is seeking to expand its capabilities within the power electronics domain. The goal for this thesis was to provide MR suggestions for the design of a value chain for power electronics based products for the mid-voltage distribution grid market. Such suggestions have been developed based on the analysis of external market forces with Porter's Five Forces Model, the assessment of a possible level of vertical integration based on MR's current technical capabilities, and the analysis of uncertainties of market parameters with a NPV model and Monte Carlo Simulation. The thesis shows further how the deployment of FMEA and reliability engineering can effectively address the high costs of power electronics based products and concerns of customers regarding the reliability of the technology..
Thesis: M.B.A., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Sloan School of Management, in conjunction with the Leaders for Global Operations Program at MIT, 2018.Thesis: S.M., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics, in conjunction with the Leaders for Global Operations Program at MIT, 2018.Cataloged from PDF version of thesis.Includes bibliographical references (pages 147-149).
DepartmentSloan School of Management.; Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics.; Leaders for Global Operations Program.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Sloan School of Management., Aeronautics and Astronautics., Leaders for Global Operations Program.