The paper explores patterns of service strategy changes in
manufacturing firms and indicates how each pattern is interrelated
with modifications in organizational design elements.
The paper draws on a longitudinal study using a survey of 97 manufacturers of capital goods. In addition, 15 case studies have been conducted. Survey and qualitative data were obtained in 1997, 2001 and 2004.
The findings highlight four patterns of service strategy changes: (1) from customer service strategy to after-sales service provider, (2) from after-sales service provider to customer-support service provider, (3) from customer-support service provider to development partner and (4) from customer-support service provider to the outsourcing partner. Evidence of specific alignment between service strategy and organizational design elements is provided.
The main limitation of this study is the purposive sample.
Managers should follow the patterns of service strategy changes by extending the service offerings and modifying the organizational design elements.
Previous studies investigate service strategies and organizational design elements only at a specific time, which leads to a static perspective. This paper offers insights into interrelations among service strategy changes and organizational design elements
|kind of paper||journal article|
|date of appearance||18-1-2010|
|journal||Journal of Service Management|
|publisher||Emerald (Bingley UK)|
|volume of journal||21|
|number of issue||1|
|citation||Gebauer, H., Fischer, T., & Fleisch, E. (2010). Exploring the interrelationship among patterns of service strategy changes and organizational design elements. Journal of Service Management, 21(1), 103-129, DOI:10.1108/09564231011025137.|