Service process modularization and modular strategies
2014 (English)In: The journal of business & industrial marketing, ISSN 0885-8624, Vol. 29, no 4, 313-323 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Purpose - This paper aims to investigate the role of service modularity in developing and deploying efficient services, while at the same time meeting diverse customer needs. The analysis distinguishes between different service types and sets forth key issues for service modularization, identifying supporting resources (both internal and customer) and associated modular strategies for the different types. Design/methodology/approach - The study design used an exploratory case study approach, focusing on three Swedish manufacturing firms that are moving toward an increased service focus (service infusion). Data were collected through interviews and focus groups, and the collected data were analyzed independently, before being merged and synthesized in a cross-case analysis. Themes and patterns were extracted and linked to the theoretical framework following a systematic combining process. Findings - This study contributes insights to the emerging field of service modularity by investigating process modularization and modular strategies. A framework is put forward outlining modular strategies for four different service types covering both a passive and an active role for a customer. From a theoretical point of view, the role of the customer is added to the discussion to advocate for the necessity of a co-creative perspective in service modularity. Originality/value - This article contributes to the emerging research field of service modularity by providing empirical insights into how modularization and modular strategies can enable more efficient services. Depending on service type, different modular strategies are set forth. This study also highlights the need to recognize customer-specific activities, resources and competencies as pivotal parts of the modular service processes. Such insights are particularly relevant given the established view of service modules as functions of intra-firm activities.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Emerald , 2014. Vol. 29, no 4, 313-323 p.
Service development; B2B services; Modular strategies; Modularization; Service deployment; Service modularity
Economics and Business
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-111304DOI: 10.1108/JBIM-08-2013-0170ISI: 000341888300006OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-111304DiVA: diva2:755267