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Discretion and complexity in customer focused environments
KTH, School of Industrial Engineering and Management (ITM), Industrial Economics and Management (Dept.). (Industrial Management)ORCID iD: 0000-0003-0904-5822
2012 (English)In: European Management Journal, ISSN 0263-2373, Vol. 30, no 5, 466-472 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Operations have traditionally focused on reductive analysis; transactional processes open to mass-customisation and standardisation. This study proposes that service complexity created by extensive ‘reasonable’ customer demand limits the ability to standardise and manage systems through mass-customisation. Beyond mass-customisation we propose management is by discretion. Discretion is difficult, if not impossible to codify, so operations are ‘managed’ via framework principles that also are difficult to replicate and provide a source of sustainable competitive advantage. The study furthers the servitisation discussion through a public sector services case.

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2012. Vol. 30, no 5, 466-472 p.
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Service complexity, Task discretion, Co-creative operations
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Business Administration
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-62989DOI: 10.1016/j.emj.2012.05.005ISI: 000309303300007ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84866004549OAI: diva2:481468

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Available from: 2012-01-21 Created: 2012-01-21 Last updated: 2012-11-09Bibliographically approved

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