Previously published as: Business Process Re-engineering & Management Journal
Online from: 1997
Subject Area: Managing Quality
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|Title:||Matching service strategies, business models and modular business processes|
|Author(s):||Anu H. Bask, (Business Technology/Logistics, Helsinki School of Economics, Helsinki, Finland), Markku Tinnilä, (Business Technology/Logistics, Helsinki School of Economics, Helsinki, Finland), Mervi Rajahonka, (Business Technology/Logistics, Helsinki School of Economics, Helsinki, Finland)|
|Citation:||Anu H. Bask, Markku Tinnilä, Mervi Rajahonka, (2010) "Matching service strategies, business models and modular business processes", Business Process Management Journal, Vol. 16 Iss: 1, pp.153 - 180|
|Keywords:||Corporate strategy, Process management, Service levels, Supply chain management|
|Article type:||Research paper|
|DOI:||10.1108/14637151011017994 (Permanent URL)|
|Publisher:||Emerald Group Publishing Limited|
|Acknowledgements:||The authors wish to acknowledge support from Jenny and Antti Wihuri Foundation, Itella Corporation, the Helsinki School of Economics (HSE), and the Finnish Funding Agency for Technology and Innovation (Tekes).|
Purpose – In recent decades, supply chains have diverged and new types of services and operators have emerged in the logistics sector. The purpose of this paper is to focus on analyzing service strategies and service-related business models, as well as their modular business processes in logistic services. The aims are to describe these three levels and to match strategic service positioning with business models and modular business processes. Different types of services are analyzed and the analyses are conducted on both the industry and corporate levels.
Design/methodology/approach – The theoretical focus of the paper illustrates frameworks for service strategy, service positioning, business models, and business processes. The corporate level approach aims to describe the efficiency and quality of services and their processes, while the industry level approach focuses on service strategies in an industry and on the organization of business, i.e. business models. A case study is used to illustrate the strategic level divergence in logistic services and to match this with the business model framework and the business process approach.
Findings – The findings show that a match exists between service strategy, business models, and operational level business processes. Standardization, service productization and modularization of services, and also service production structures are useful tools for efficient service production and output.
Originality/value – Companies are currently examining new roles in supply chains and the logistics market. For management, the frameworks presented facilitate analysis of the different options available for the firm in terms of strategic positioning, structural business model portfolio, and modular business processes. Based on the theoretical frameworks, it is possible to evaluate past developments and also predict the future of services.
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