Titel: Challenges and approaches with data-driven services for SMEs : insights from a field study
Autor/-in: Meierhofer, Jürg
Kugler, Petra
Etschmann, Roman
Erschienen in: Proceedings of the spring servitization conference : delivering services growth in the digital era
Seiten: 39
Seiten bis: 49
Angaben zur Konferenz: Spring servitization conference : delivering services growth in the digital era, Linköping, Sweden, 13 - 15 May 2019
Verlag / Hrsg. Institution: Aston University
Verlag / Hrsg. Institution: Birmingham
Erscheinungsdatum: 2019
Lizenz (gemäss Verlagsvertrag): Lizenz gemäss Verlagsvertrag
Art der Begutachtung: Peer review (Publikation)
Sprache: Englisch
Schlagwörter: Servitization; Data-driven service; Advanced service; Data science; Small and medium-sized enterprise; Data strategy
Fachgebiet (DDC): 005: Computerprogrammierung, Programme und Daten
658: Allgemeines Management
Zusammenfassung: Purpose: This paper investigates the status and evolution of data-driven services specifically in SMEs and compares them with the situation of large enterprises. For both, increasing the proportion of total business accounted for by services is considered essential to build up and maintain competitive advantages. Thereby, the pattern of services shifts towards advanced services, for which the capability to manage, process, and analyse data is relevant. This represents a challenge in particular for SMEs in terms of knowledge, organisation, and culture. A more advanced understanding of the specific characteristics of this gap and of the possibilities of closing it is required. Design/Methodology/Approach: Therefore, a literature review followed by a field study was conducted to analyse this challenge. The field study incorporates (1) a series of in-depth interviews with more than ten SMEs and (2) a quantitative survey with more than one hundred replies. Findings: Our findings suggest that for SMEs building services on data has a big potential and it is expected to have higher priority in the future. In contrast to large enterprises, the share of revenue accounted for by services is still subcritical for SMEs, and it is expected to grow. Getting data from the installed base of products is a significantly higher hurdle for SMEs than for large enterprises, which represents a major challenge. There is a lack of data science knowledge and competences in SMEs. However, SMEs’ willingness to participate in shared competence centres increases. Originality/Value: This paper provides a new perspective on the challenges of servitization of manufacturing SMEs by a focus on applying data and analytics for the provision of services. The research is relevant in order to address the challenges and solution approaches which are specific for manufacturing SMEs.
Departement: School of Engineering
Organisationseinheit: Institut für Datenanalyse und Prozessdesign (IDP)
Publikationstyp: Konferenz: Paper
ISBN: 978-1-85449-463-4
URI: https://digitalcollection.zhaw.ch/handle/11475/17145
Publiziert im Rahmen des ZHAW-Projekts: Data Science für KMU (Data4KMU)
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