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Heikka, E‐L, Frandsen, T, Hsuan, J. Matching value propositions with varied customer needs: The role of service modularity. Knowl Process Manag. 2018; 25: 64– 73. https://doi.org/10.1002/kpm.1556

Matching value propositions with varied customer needs : the role of service modularity

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Author: Heikka, Eija-Liisa1; Frandsen, Thomas2; Hsuan, Juliana2
Organizations: 1Department of Marketing, MManagement and International Business, University of Oulu Business School, Oulu, Finland
2Department of Operations Management, Copenhagen Business School, Frederiksberg, Denmark
Format: article
Version: accepted version
Access: open
Online Access: PDF Full Text (PDF, 0.2 MB)
Persistent link: http://urn.fi/urn:nbn:fi-fe2020041719111
Language: English
Published: John Wiley & Sons, 2018
Publish Date: 2020-04-17
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Abstract

Organizations seek to manage varied customer segments using varied value propositions. The ability of a knowledge‐intensive business service (KIBS) provider to formulate value propositions into attractive offerings to varied customers becomes a competitive advantage. In this specific business based on often highly abstract service offerings, this requires the provider to have a clear overview of its knowledge and resources and how these can be configured to obtain the desired customization of services. Hence, the purpose of this paper is to investigate how a KIBS provider can match value propositions with varied customer needs utilizing service modularity. To accomplish this purpose, a qualitative multiple case study is organized around 5 projects allowing within‐case and cross‐case comparisons. Our findings describe how through the configuration of knowledge and resources a sustainable competitive advantage is created through creating the right kind of value propositions for varied customers with the help of modularity. Understanding gained through this research helps KIBS organizations in their efforts to increase organizational effectiveness through modular services.

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Series: Knowledge and process management
ISSN: 1092-4604
ISSN-E: 1099-1441
ISSN-L: 1092-4604
Volume: 25
Issue: 1
Pages: 64 - 73
DOI: 10.1002/kpm.1556
OADOI: https://oadoi.org/10.1002/kpm.1556
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 512 Business and management
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Copyright information: © 2018 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Heikka, E‐L, Frandsen, T, Hsuan, J. Matching value propositions with varied customer needs: The role of service modularity. Knowl Process Manag. 2018; 25: 64– 73, which has been published in final form at https://doi.org/10.1002/kpm.1556. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving.