Service productivity gains through information and communication technology applications: A service marketing approach
2008 (English)In: International Journal of Knowledge Management Studies, ISSN 1743-8268, Vol. 2, no 1, 96-114 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Based on examples from Information and Communication Technology- (ICT-) based improvements in service productivity in the service organisations of three manufacturing firms, this paper argues for a service-centred approach towards productivity. When improving the productivity of industrial services, one of the three profitability-generating strategies, cost-efficiency, revenue effectiveness and capacity utilisation – or a combination – can be used. Increased standardisation and automation is a consequence of technological development, making capacity less a constraint in services and even if ICT applications often primarily improve cost efficiency, the elements improved vary depending on the solution implemented. Thus, ICT can enhance existing service processes and enable new service offerings to increase overall profitability. A productivity model for ICT-based services is presented and it is suggested that central coordination is often required in order to develop ICT-based services.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2008. Vol. 2, no 1, 96-114 p.
service productivity, information and communication technology, ICT, service offerings, cost efficiency, revenue effectiveness, capacity utilisation, front office, back office
Production Engineering, Human Work Science and Ergonomics
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-12458DOI: 10.1504/IJKMS.2008.016440OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-12458DiVA: diva2:149
Christian Kowalkowski, Service productivity gains through information and communication technology applications: A service marketing approach, 2008, International Journal of Knowledge Management Studies, (2), 1, 96-114.
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