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Future innovation framework (FIF) for value co-creation of smart Product-Service System design in a global manufacturing company
Blekinge Institute of Technology, Faculty of Engineering, Department of Mechanical Engineering. (TIMA)ORCID iD: 0000-0003-3711-264X
Blekinge Institute of Technology, Faculty of Engineering, Department of Mechanical Engineering. (TIMA)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-9662-4576
Blekinge Institute of Technology, Faculty of Engineering, Department of Mechanical Engineering. (TIMA)ORCID iD: 0000-0003-2211-2436
2023 (English)Manuscript (preprint) (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Today, the Product-Service Systems (PSS) methodology is challenged by the emerging trend of digital servitization in supporting the development of the primarily product-oriented companies. Value co-creation strategy and global collaborative innovation are important for product-oriented industry to explore new ways of designing of smart PSS. In this paper, the Future Innovation Framework (FIF) is proposed as a mechanism to facilitate the adoption and use of value co-creation of smart PSS design in global manufacturing companies. Through qualitative research and literature review, the research focused on the collaboration between typical stakeholders in manufacturing industry, defining a smart PSS design process, and explaining how value co-creation could more effectively support the PSS design. This study proposes the FIF for smart PSS design from the perspective of value co-creation, to support the collaborative innovation teamwork, customer involvement and decision-making in the early design phase of smart PSS. The paper explains each of the design processes in which the product-oriented industry can use the FIF framework when designing smart PSS. The FIF was applied to an industrial smart PSS case – the design of the new product and service offering by automotive manufacturer Volkswagen. The FIF was used to verify the design of customer solution proposals for smart PSS. This paper discusses the implications, opportunities and challenges of the FIF for industrial smart PSS design. The paper concludes with a discussion on the possibility of using FIF in different industry domains in the future.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2023.
Keywords [en]
Smart Product-Service System, Future Innovation Framework (FIF), PSS design process, Value co-creation, Case study
National Category
Other Mechanical Engineering
Research subject
Mechanical Engineering
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:bth-25615OAI: oai:DiVA.org:bth-25615DiVA, id: diva2:1812270
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A multiscale, cross‐disciplinary approach to the study of climate change effect on ecosystem services and biodiversityVinnovaAvailable from: 2023-11-15 Created: 2023-11-15 Last updated: 2024-01-12Bibliographically approved
In thesis
1. VALUE CO-CREATION FOR SUSTAINABLE PRODUCT SERVICE SYSTEM DESIGN: OPPORTUNITY FOR GLOBAL MANUFACTURING COMPANIES
Open this publication in new window or tab >>VALUE CO-CREATION FOR SUSTAINABLE PRODUCT SERVICE SYSTEM DESIGN: OPPORTUNITY FOR GLOBAL MANUFACTURING COMPANIES
2024 (English)Licentiate thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

There is a gradually spreading servitization trend that is forcing industrial manufacturing companies acting in the global market to rethink their business. Manufacturing companies that were traditionally perceived as product-centered, are today increasingly influenced by a service-oriented theory, which claims that manufacturing companies are driven to shift their business focus towards a strategy where customer-perceived value is in the spotlight, and where products are bundled with services to offer Product-Service Systems (PSS). The need to integrate several knowledge domains (i.e. product development, service development, recycling, etc.) means that industry companies need to move “downstream” knowledge from the entire lifecycle into the early phases of the PSS design process where critical decisions are made. At the same time, this raises the awareness of, and requirements for, methods and tools that support cross-disciplinary team collaboration in the process of designing these PSS solutions. Value co-creation is one strategy to address customer collaboration to develop PSS in a framework that allows different stakeholders to participate in defining design concepts and finding the optimal combination of hardware and service that supplies the desired value. Value co-creation strategy and global collaborative innovation are essential for manufacturing companies to explore new ways of designing PSS.

The thesis summarizes the research performed by the author, as an industrial Ph.D. student and director for system innovation at BIGmind Innovation. This thesis aims to study and explore the motivation for, and challenges of, working with value co-creation for PSS design by global manufacturing companies. Firstly, the empirical research determined that there are different challenges that global manufacturing companies and product development face when designing PSS. The work involves exploring value co-creation via a customer collaborative design platform and experience prototyping for product-service system design. The research shows that there is a lack of knowledge about guidelines and processes for collaboration in value co-creation. The research emphasizes that the PSS design methodologies of today neglect to specify the roles and responsibilities of the actors who co-create PSS offerings, and there is a lack of understanding of the entire process and how it is implemented in industrial practice when developing solutions.

Conclusions from this work suggest that government policies can make a fast and major impact on the demand for innovations and PSS development. Additionally, a value co-creation approach promotes large-scale user participation in the early phase of PSS design. To enhance stakeholder participation and gather feedback, experiential prototypes were utilized during the conceptual design phase of the PSS design. To support further development in the area of value co-creation, the Future Innovation Framework (FIF) is proposed as a mechanism to facilitate the adoption and use of value co-creation of PSS design. This thesis discusses the implications, opportunities, and challenges of the FIF for industrial PSS design. The thesis concludes with a discussion on the possibility of using value co-creation for PSS design in different industry domains in the future. 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Karlskrona: Blekinge Tekniska Högskola, 2024. p. 64
Series
Blekinge Institute of Technology Licentiate Dissertation Series, ISSN 1650-2140 ; 1
Keywords
Product-Service System, Manufacturing company, Innovation Framework, PSS design, Value Co-creation, Case study
National Category
Other Mechanical Engineering
Research subject
Mechanical Engineering; Mechanical Engineering
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:bth-25612 (URN)978-91-7295-471-7 (ISBN)
Presentation
2024-02-29, Sal J1630, 371 79 Karlskrona, Karlskrona, 09:30 (English)
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Vinnova
Available from: 2023-11-20 Created: 2023-11-15 Last updated: 2024-02-08Bibliographically approved

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