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Authors:Christian Kowalkowski: Department of Management and Engineering, Linköping University, Sweden
Per-Olof Brehmer: Department of Management and Engineering, Linköping University, Sweden
Publication title:Technology as a Driver for Changing Customer-Provider Interfaces in Industrial Service Production
Conference:10th QMOD Conference. Quality Management and Organiqatinal Development. Our Dreams of Excellence; 18-20 June; 2007 in Helsingborg; Sweden
Publication type: Abstract and Fulltext
Issue:026
Article No.:029
Abstract:The trend in manufacturing firms towards the provision of services related to the produced goods has been highlighted by several authors (e.g. Henkel et al.; 2004; Howells; 2004). Services can be critical for nurturing the customer relationship and for enabling more sophisticated; process-orientated offerings with higher margins than product sales (Mathieu; 2001; Oliva and Kallenberg; 2003). Besides; new industrial services represent a key source of growth for many firms (de Brentani; 1995). However; when analyzing the service operations of manufacturers it is not enough to focus on the internal service organization (e.g. front and back office) as the customer also is a source of product inputs (Hill; 1977); and a participant in the service production process (Grönroos and Ojasalo; 2004). New technology is an important driver for new offerings and Information and Communication Technology (ICT) applications can be used to improve manufacturing firms’ existing service processes and develop new; more advanced services and solutions (Kowalkowski; forthcoming). ICT may initiate a radical transformation of traditional customer-provider interfaces (Nambisan; 2002) and the firm’s internal service processes through standardization (Sundbo; 1994). Nevertheless; the impact of ICT on industrial service processes is insufficiently examined as most studies do not focus on B2B relationships (cf. Ritter and Walter; 2006) and if so; focus is often on product salesmen; not on service personnel (e.g. Hunter and Perreault; 2007; Ledingham et al.; 2006; Tanner and Shipp; 2005). This paper fills this gap by exploring how ICT is affecting and driving changing service processes and customer interfaces of capital goods manufacturers. A framework for analyzing service organizations developed by Larsson and Bowen (1989) serves as the theoretical basis of this study and two in-depth case studies illustrate the phenomenon.
Language:English
Keywords:Service processes; Industrial services; Customer-provider relationships; Front office; Back office; Information and communication technologies
Year:2007
No. of pages:8
Series:Linköping Electronic Conference Proceedings
ISSN (print):1650-3686
ISSN (online):1650-3740
File:http://www.ep.liu.se/ecp/026/029/ecp0726029.pdf
Available:2008-02-15
Publisher:Linköping University Electronic Press; Linköpings universitet

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Christian Kowalkowski, Per-Olof Brehmer (2007). Technology as a Driver for Changing Customer-Provider Interfaces in Industrial Service Production, 10th QMOD Conference. Quality Management and Organiqatinal Development. Our Dreams of Excellence; 18-20 June; 2007 in Helsingborg; Sweden http://www.ep.liu.se/ecp_article/index.en.aspx?issue=026;article=029 (accessed 12/18/2014)