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Manufacturing Evolution Through Servitization: Empirical Evidence on Relationship Between Manufacturing Capability and Economic Advantages

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Mahnoosh Zebardast, Marco Taisch

Politecnico di Milano, Milano, Italy

Gül E. Okudan Kremer

Penn State, University Park, PA

Paper No. DETC2014-35188, pp. V004T06A026; 8 pages
  • ASME 2014 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference
  • Volume 4: 19th Design for Manufacturing and the Life Cycle Conference; 8th International Conference on Micro- and Nanosystems
  • Buffalo, New York, USA, August 17–20, 2014
  • Conference Sponsors: Design Engineering Division, Computers and Information in Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4635-3
  • Copyright © 2014 by ASME


Recent trends towards service orientation make manufacturing, especially in developed economies, to move into a more service oriented strategy. One solution is to fulfill customer requirements by a product and its after-sales services. However, the actual impact of this transformation on manufacturers has never been explored. This study aims to understand how evolution of service in terms of service-width and length takes place over time, and how it impacts on the manufacturer and is impacted from it. We carry out a longitudinal case-based study on a particular service family (iTune) in consumer electronics using Pearson correlation and linear regression using SPSS software package. Considering consistent intention to improve existing ones and introduce new services, following results are gained: (1) Manufacturing with higher research and development capabilities are expected to have great potential to have strong after-sales portfolio both in terms of service-width and length. A strong portfolio in this type of manufacturing is expected to bring economic advantage. (2) Manufacturing with higher liabilities is expected to have more economic advantage in increasing service-width. (3) Manufacturing with robust infrastructure are expected to have more economic advantage in increasing service-length.

Copyright © 2014 by ASME
Topics: Manufacturing



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