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Janne Harkonen, Harri Haapasalo, Kai Hanninen, Productisation: A review and research agenda, International Journal of Production Economics, Volume 164, 2015, Pages 65-82, ISSN 0925-5273,

Productisation : a review and research agenda

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Author: Harkonen, Janne1; Haapasalo, Harri1; Hanninen, Kai1
Organizations: 1Industrial Engineering and Management, University of Oulu, Finland, P.O. Box 4610, FI-90014 University of Oulu, Finland
Format: article
Version: accepted version
Access: open
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Language: English
Published: Elsevier, 2015
Publish Date: 2019-11-26


Productisation relates to the process of analysing a need, defining and combining suitable elements, tangible and/or intangible, into a product-like defined set of deliverables that is standardised, repeatable and comprehendible. This paper clarifies the concept of productisation by surveying the extant literature and reporting the origins, characteristics, benefits and features along with aiming to support future work. The analysed literature is categorised, its content is analysed, and the need for a clear framework is highlighted. The results indicate that productisation has a specific role in addressing the challenges of being able to describe and explain complex, often abstract offerings and producing them, involving activities both to ensure adequate standards and those activities leading to selling the products. A well productised product is easier to buy, sell and market, has stronger features and may enable benefits depending on the product type. Productisation has implications through having a complementary role amongst well established functions and in strengthening the linkage of market needs and engineering-oriented development. The concept requires further development. Potential future research directions are presented.

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Series: International journal of production economics
ISSN: 0925-5273
ISSN-E: 1873-7579
ISSN-L: 0925-5273
Volume: 164
Pages: 65 - 82
DOI: 10.1016/j.ijpe.2015.02.024
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 222 Other engineering and technologies
Copyright information: © 2015 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.