Combining Customized Offerings - extended products and the role of business partners
Licentiatavhandling, 2012

This thesis deals with the increasing attention of manufacturing firms to supply extended offerings, implying a shift from selling products towards provision of solutions. The overall aim is to describe and analyze how suppliers broaden their offerings by supplementing the core product with service elements. The fulfillment of this aim requires first and foremost a study coping with the identification of the elements together forming the extended offering and the principles for their combining. Secondly, the need for adjustments to the demands of individual customers calls for an analysis of the role of the buyer in this process. Thirdly, the broadening of the offering makes the provider of the solution dependent on specialized service suppliers. These conditions necessitate an exploration of how the supplier network of the provider is activated. The frame of reference takes its point of departure in previous studies of the combining of products and services into total solutions. In this study a particular interest is directed to the roles of customers and suppliers in these processes, thus putting an emphasis on the impact of the relationships with business partners. The nature of the research issues makes a case study approach the most relevant methodological choice. The empirical enquiry deals with a provider of extended offerings in the truck industry. The findings relates to four main areas. The first concerns the challenge to become a provider of customized solutions. The second illustrates how a customized offering is successively developed through the interaction between buyer and provider. The third relates to the role of the provider as a coordinator of the network of suppliers involved in the combining of the customized offering. Finally, the fourth area deals with some basic principles for collaboration with business partners.

business relationships


extended products

combined offerings

Vasa hus 2, seminarierum 2456
Opponent: Docent Josef Molnar


Stefan Karlsson

Chalmers, Teknikens ekonomi och organisation, Industriell marknadsföring


Produktionsteknik, arbetsvetenskap och ergonomi



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Vasa hus 2, seminarierum 2456

Opponent: Docent Josef Molnar

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