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Managerial challenges when integrating ICTS in established products
Chalmers Tekniska Högskola.
KTH, School of Industrial Engineering and Management (ITM), Machine Design (Dept.), Integrated Product Development.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-6024-7908
2012 (English)In: International Journal of Learning and Intellectual Capital, ISSN 1479-4853, Vol. 9, no 3, 307-320 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

By adding information and communication technologies (ICTs) into established mechanical engineering products, the customer value provided by these products can be substantially increased, thereby offering an interesting means of differentiation. At the same time, the specific task of integrating ICTs in established products poses new challenges to management. In order to explore these challenges, an in-depth case study of this type of development has been performed at the Swedish multinational company Alfa Laval. The results from the study indicate that the integration of ICTs has consequences for management, particularly in terms of the handling of technological competences and the reformulation of existing business models. Even though most firms developing and manufacturing traditional mechanical engineering products rely on external providers for the integrated ICT components and systems, they nevertheless need to build up absorptive capacity in order to facilitate coordination. The integration of ICTs opens up new opportunities to create value for customers. However, to realise this value and also allow for the appropriation of parts of it, it may be necessary to change the established way of doing business, in terms of the business models used.

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2012. Vol. 9, no 3, 307-320 p.
Keyword [en]
Business model, Case study, Competences, ICTs, Information and communication technologies, Integration, Management, Mechanical engineering product
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Mechanical Engineering
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-76121DOI: 10.1504/IJLIC.2012.047290ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84862518270OAI: diva2:490836

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Available from: 2012-02-06 Created: 2012-02-06 Last updated: 2013-05-15Bibliographically approved

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