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Adapting manufacturing strategy to the increased service content of products
Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, Production Economics . Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
2006 (English)In: 14th International Working Seminar on Production Economics in Innsbruck, Austria, February, 2006Conference paper (Other academic)
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Engineering and Technology
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-13883OAI: diva2:22112
Available from: 2006-09-08 Created: 2006-09-08 Last updated: 2009-02-27
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1. Adapting manufacturing strategy to industrial after-sales service operations
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2006 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

This dissertation is initiated from an increased awareness within industry of the importance of services in general and of after-sales services in particular. The scope of this research is to analyse how the specific characteristics of after-sales services affect a company’s manufacturing strategy, which in effect should become an operations strategy not only considering the manufacturing of goods. Considering the after-sales service as a product, consisting of both good and service characteristics, the objective of this dissertation is to develop conceptual models for an improved long-term management of operations where production of both new goods and after-sales services are competing for the same or similar resources. Specifically, the structural decision categories of a manufacturing strategy, process technology, capacity, facilities, and vertical integration, are adapted to include the demands of after-sales service products.

The research result is an extension of the existing manufacturing strategy framework, which is transformed towards a more general operations strategy framework capable of providing managerial guidance for a larger set of products than just pure goods. Tools are developed for analysing what processes would be suitable for the after-sales services, and whether the after-sales processes should be merged with, or separated from, the new goods process. An extended long term service capacity framework is also introduced, looking specifically at the needs of after-sales service operations. Through seven case studies as well as a survey of 45 Italian providers of both manufactured goods and services, the after-sales supply chain is mapped and classified with respect to vertical integration and facilities.

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Institutionen för produktionsekonomi, Linköpings universitet, 2006. 45 p.
Profil : produktionsekonomisk forskning i Linköping, ISSN 0348-1026 ; 24Dissertations from the International Graduate School of Management and Industrial Engineering, ISSN 1402-0793 ; 101
Manufacturing strategy, Operations strategy, Service operations
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Production Engineering, Human Work Science and Ergonomics
urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-7026 (URN)91-85497-12-6 (ISBN)
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2006-03-10, C3, C, Campus Valla, Linköpings universitet, Linköping, 13:15 (English)
Available from: 2006-09-08 Created: 2006-09-08 Last updated: 2012-08-23

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