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A capability perspective on service business development in small and medium-sized suppliers
Eawag, Dübendorf, Switzerland.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-2933-244X
University of Padua, Padua, Italy.
Karlstad University, Faculty of Economic Sciences, Communication and IT, Service Research Center. Karlstad University, Faculty of Economic Sciences, Communication and IT, Department of Business Administration.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-2705-0836
2012 (English)In: Scandinavian Journal of Management, ISSN 0956-5221, E-ISSN 1873-3387, Vol. 28, no 4, p. 321-339Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Existing research suggests three theoretical pathways for service business development. The first pathway involves incremental enhancement of relational value for existing supplier–buyer relationships (Alpha). The second pathway captures financial value-seeking behavior in existing and new supplier–buyer relationships (Beta). The third pathway is a radical leap toward a new value constellation downstream in the value chain (Gamma). Our main research question aims at the exploration of these three pathways with respect to small and medium-sized suppliers. The research design is based on an exploratory study and an in-depth study. The exploratory study was able to replicate these three pathways in the empirical context of small and medium-sized suppliers. The in-depth study explores and describes co-evolvement of the dynamic and operational capabilities of each pathway. The results provide testable propositions that can be used to guide future research. The paper offers a comprehensive framework that will assist researchers in the conceptualization of paths for service business development and in the operationalization of capabilities. For managers, its value lies in a description of the capabilities needed to achieve an incremental enhancement of relational value in existing supplier–buyer relationships (Alpha), financial value-seeking behavior in existing and new supplier–buyer relationships (Beta), and radical leaps into new value constellations downstream in the value chain (Gamma).

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Oxon, UK: Elsevier, 2012. Vol. 28, no 4, p. 321-339
Keywords [en]
Service business development, System suppliers, Dynamic capabilities, Operational capabilities, Manufacturing industry, Supplier–buyer relationship
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Business Administration Information Systems, Social aspects Human Aspects of ICT
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Business Administration
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-14493DOI: 10.1016/j.scaman.2012.07.001ISI: 000310041400005OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-14493DiVA, id: diva2:544340
Available from: 2012-08-14 Created: 2012-08-14 Last updated: 2019-07-10Bibliographically approved

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