Integrated Solutions in the Capital Goods Sector: Exploring innovation, service and network perspectives
2007 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
With varying degrees of success, a number of firms in the capital goods sector are experimenting with different ‘integrated solutions’ initiatives. Integrated solutions include product innovations which enable increased process control that allows the optimisation of the customers’ processes, as well as business innovations which change the firms’ business models and customer approach. It is not always easy to develop and commercialise these new offerings, especially for firms that have traditionally focused on developing and selling products. Integrated solutions challenge these firms to shift the focus from physical products, spare parts and support services to emphasis on delivery of performance optimisation and productivity.
This thesis is a compilation of five papers and five supporting chapters that discuss and analyse the challenges with developing and commercialising integrated solutions in the capital goods sector. The research builds on case studies of firms experimenting with integrated-solution offerings. The firms produce complex, expensive industrial machinery to customers in the process and manufacturing industries. The main case is based on a five-year, in-depth longitudinal study of Alfa Laval, and more specifically of the developments within the wastewater industry. Other case studies include ITT Flygt and Atlas Copco.
The thesis shows that the development and commercialisation of integrated solutions represent a multifaceted, iterative and complex process for the firms under study, who need to combine product, service and business innovations, create new business structures, and create new relationships with customers and possible partners. Consequently, the development of integrated solutions is not confined to or explained by one theoretical field in this thesis, but is linked to innovation, service and network perspectives.
The thesis also shows that the three activities of innovating, organising and building relationships are dependent on changing market structures, customer demands and business cycles. Therefore it becomes important to manage the coexistence of different types of offerings, such as products, services and integrated solutions.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Institutionen för ekonomisk och industriell utveckling , 2007.
Linköping Studies in Science and Technology. Dissertations, ISSN 0345-7524 ; 1098Dissertations from the International Graduate School of Management and Industrial Engineering, ISSN 1402-0793 ; 107
Integrated solutions, Innovation, Capital goods
Production Engineering, Human Work Science and Ergonomics
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-8869ISBN: 978-91-85715-06-0OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-8869DiVA: diva2:23580
2007-05-25, C3, C Huset, Linköping Universitet, Linköping, 13:00 (English)
Davies, Andrew, Dr
Berggren, ChristianLakemond Ebbers, Nicolette
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