This paper reports evidence from a survey, aimed at testing whether and how Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs), which enable the adoption of product-service systems, can contribute to value creation. This analysis builds on previous contributions, according to which companies that are enriching their product offering through value-added services (the so-called servitization strategy) often report lower levels of profitability, due to the poor performance of their operating process. A wide stream of research claims that companies that invest in ICTs can enjoy valuable outcomes, since the adoption of such technologies results in processes that are more efficient and more responsive. Our hypothesis concerns the possibility of leveraging ICTs at operating process level so as to pursue a servitization strategy. The in-field analysis presented in this paper concerns a sample of 109 companies located in Italy; data collected through the survey has been analyzed using the Structural Equation Modeling approach (SEM). The evidence presented demonstrates that ICTs can have a relevant impact on value creation because they lead to superior responsiveness of operating processes and to sound improvements in the product offering. In particular, companies that are able to embed such superior responsiveness into their product offering can further boost value creation.

Belvedere, V., Grando, A., Bielli, P., A quantitative investigation of the role of the information and communication technologies in the implementation of a product-service system, <<INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF PRODUCTION RESEARCH>>, 2013; (2): 410-426 [http://hdl.handle.net/10807/67108]

A quantitative investigation of the role of the information and communication technologies in the implementation of a product-service system

Belvedere, Valeria;
2013

Abstract

This paper reports evidence from a survey, aimed at testing whether and how Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs), which enable the adoption of product-service systems, can contribute to value creation. This analysis builds on previous contributions, according to which companies that are enriching their product offering through value-added services (the so-called servitization strategy) often report lower levels of profitability, due to the poor performance of their operating process. A wide stream of research claims that companies that invest in ICTs can enjoy valuable outcomes, since the adoption of such technologies results in processes that are more efficient and more responsive. Our hypothesis concerns the possibility of leveraging ICTs at operating process level so as to pursue a servitization strategy. The in-field analysis presented in this paper concerns a sample of 109 companies located in Italy; data collected through the survey has been analyzed using the Structural Equation Modeling approach (SEM). The evidence presented demonstrates that ICTs can have a relevant impact on value creation because they lead to superior responsiveness of operating processes and to sound improvements in the product offering. In particular, companies that are able to embed such superior responsiveness into their product offering can further boost value creation.
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Belvedere, V., Grando, A., Bielli, P., A quantitative investigation of the role of the information and communication technologies in the implementation of a product-service system, <<INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF PRODUCTION RESEARCH>>, 2013; (2): 410-426 [http://hdl.handle.net/10807/67108]
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