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Servitization workshop creates value

Published: 3 August 2015

Industrial product-service systems and new activities for value creation were in focus when researchers, academics, practitioners, consultants, policy makers and funders met in a large workshop at the Aalto University in Finland.

The workshop is part of the research conducted in industrial product service systems and functional products at Luleå University of Technology and the Faste Laboratory. The aim of the workshop was to disseminate research results and industrial best practises among academic and industry partners.

The topic is hot. The list of attendees had 120 names and another 50 people stood in line to be included. The research team in Entrepreneurship and Innovation at Luleå University of Technology co-organized the workshop with Aalto University and Vaasa University, and intends to hold a similar arrangement in Sweden during 2016.

The trend to offer industrial services related to physical products is growing for manufacturing companies and is often reffered to as servitization. The researchers at Luleå University of Technology collaborates with major companies such as Ericsson, Volvo Cars, Sandvik, Scania, GKN Aerospace, Volvo, Sandvik, Billerud Korsnäs and others who testifies that industrial services is seen as an important part of their competitiveness in the future.

By effectively integrating industrial services to their existing products traditional manufacturing companies can offer highly customized industrial product-service systems to customers which is more attractive, competitive and secure incomes over time. However, succeeding with such efforts requires significant organisational change and development of new knowledge and capabilities. A workshop like this acts as a platform for researchers and companies to meet and share ideas and experiences on these issues.

The three years research will be completed in 2016 and is funded by Vinnova. The research team at Luleå University of Technology include Vinit Parida (Project Leader), Joakim Wincent, David Rönnberg Sjödin, Johan Frishammar, Sambit Lenka, Wiebke Reim and Javier Cenamor.

Research group

David Sjödin

David Sjödin, Associate Professor

Phone: +46 (0)920 491819
Organisation: Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Business Administration and Industrial Engineering, Department of Business Administration, Technology and Social Sciences
Johan Frishammar

Johan Frishammar, Professor

Phone: +46 (0)920 491407
Organisation: Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Business Administration and Industrial Engineering, Department of Business Administration, Technology and Social Sciences
Wiebke Reim

Wiebke Reim, Associate Senior Lecturer

Phone: +46 (0)920 492079
Organisation: Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Business Administration and Industrial Engineering, Department of Business Administration, Technology and Social Sciences
Vinit Parida

Vinit Parida, Professor, Chaired Professor

Phone: +46 (0)920 492469
Organisation: Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Business Administration and Industrial Engineering, Department of Business Administration, Technology and Social Sciences