Acquiring customer knowledge to enhance servitization of industrial companies

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    To enhance servitization of industrial companies there is a need for better understanding of why and how business customers purchase services. The purpose of this study is therefore to identify the factors affecting customers' service procurement. The study combines the theoretical bases of servitization, key account management and customer knowledge management. A qualitative exploratory research approach based on semi-structured interviews in both supplier and customer companies (n=47) was used. The study contributes to the servitization literature by suggesting that customer's outsourcing strategy, manufacturing technology, level of technological competency, procurement function structure, and expectations for benefits and customer experience significantly influence the procurement of services. We propose that acquiring in-depth customer-specific knowledge is key to increasing solution suppliers' customer orientation in servitization. The acquired customer knowledge offers a basis for identifying customers of most strategic importance with regard to their service purchasing potential
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationServitization in Industry
    EditorsG. Lay
    ISBN (Electronic)978-3-319-06935-7
    ISBN (Print)978-3-319-06934-0
    Publication statusPublished - 2014
    MoE publication typeD2 Article in professional manuals or guides or professional information systems or text book material


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