Solutions in business networks: Implications of an interorganizational perspective
Journal article, 2019

Based on the combination of an interorganizational perspective and a processual view of solutions, this paper analyzes the provisioning of solutions in business networks. Drawing on a case study in a transportation industry setting, the interdependencies between solutions are uncovered. The case illustrates how 1) firms are simultaneously involved in the provisioning of multiple solutions, 2) firms take on multiple roles in the provisioning of solutions in the business network, and 3) solutions are subject to interdependencies via connected relationships and thus form “networks of solutions.” The paper concludes that interdependence among solutions is a significant characteristic, adding to previous research on solutions. Consequently, it is suggested that firms' interaction with various parties in the provisioning of solutions needs considerable managerial and theoretical attention.

Solutions

Interorganizational

Interdependence

Servitization

Networks of solutions

Business networks

Author

Klas Hedvall

Chalmers, Technology Management and Economics, Supply and Operations Management

Volvo Group

Siri Jagstedt

Chalmers, Technology Management and Economics, Innovation and R&D Management, Innovation and R&D Management

Anna Dubois

Chalmers, Technology Management and Economics, Supply and Operations Management

Journal of Business Research

0148-2963 (ISSN)

Vol. 104 November 2019 411-421

Increased innovation capability through efficient development of integrated solutions

VINNOVA, 2017-09-01 -- 2019-08-31.

Efficient Maintenance for Sustaninable Transport Solutions (EMATS)

Volvo Group, 2016-01-01 -- 2016-12-31.

VINNOVA, 2015-04-01 -- 2018-03-31.

Areas of Advance

Transport

Subject Categories

Transport Systems and Logistics

Business Administration

DOI

10.1016/j.jbusres.2019.02.035

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8/26/2019