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Solution providers’ strategic capabilities
Department of Management, University of Vaasa.
Department of Management, University of Vaasa.
2017 (English)In: The journal of business & industrial marketing, ISSN 0885-8624, E-ISSN 2052-1189, Vol. 32, no 5, 752-770 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Purpose

Drawing on the resource-based view of the firm, this study aims to analyze solution providers’ strategic capabilities that facilitate above-average returns.

Design/methodology/approach

The study applies a qualitative comparative case method. In addition to an extensive set of secondary data, the results are based on interviews with 35 executives from nine leading industrial solution providers, their strategic customers and suppliers. The analyzed solution providers were identified based on quantitative survey data.

Findings

By observing six distinctive resources and three strategic business processes, the present study identifies seven strategic capabilities that occur in different phases of solution development and deployment: fleet management capability, technology-development capability, mergers and acquisitions capability, value quantifying capability, project management capability, supplier network management capability and value co-creation capability.

Research limitations/implications

The study develops a generic model for the strategic capabilities of servitization. Application of the developed model to different contexts would further validate and enhance it.

Practical implications

Managers can use the developed model to benchmark, identify, build and manage solution providers’ strategic capabilities and associated practices.

Originality/value

The study develops a valuable conceptual model based on the comparative case data. Case firms were selected for the study based on a representative quantitative data set. The results were verified and triangulated with external data.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Emerald Group Publishing Limited, 2017. Vol. 32, no 5, 752-770 p.
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Other Engineering and Technologies not elsewhere specified
Research subject
Entrepreneurship and Innovation
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URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-63042DOI: 10.1108/JBIM-11-2015-0213OAI: oai:DiVA.org:ltu-63042DiVA: diva2:1088905
Available from: 2017-04-18 Created: 2017-04-18 Last updated: 2017-07-03Bibliographically approved

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