Implications of product centric servitization for global distribution channels of manufacturing companies

Anna Aminoff, Taru Hakanen

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The ability to operate global distribution channels of products is commonly considered a critical determinant of a manufacturer’s competitiveness. Nowadays, many products are often complemented with value-added services challenging the efficacy of the status quo of distribution channels. Investigating this rather new phenomenon, the purpose of this paper is to provide an initial understanding of the implications of servitization for manufacturers’ global business-to-business (B2B) distribution.

The aim is to elaborate service-dominant logic (SDL) in the context of global B2B distribution. The study builds on case study data collected from a medium-sized European manufacturing company offering production equipment and solutions, and three of its global distributors.

The results indicate that the co-producing customer value, the increasing role of operant resources of both a distributor and a manufacturer, and triadic co-creation between a manufacturer, a distributor and an end customer have increasing importance in the indirect distribution network.

Research limitations/implications:
Data are limited to data collected from a single in-depth case study. The results of this study should be investigated by collecting more data in a broader context in the form of surveys.

Practical implications:
Several guidelines related to global distribution are developed for managers, and current distributor selection criteria are completed to meet the needs of this servitization approach.

Empirical research on servitizing manufacturers with global B2B distribution is scarce. This paper employs SDL to provide an in-depth understanding of the implications of servitization for distribution.
Original languageEnglish
Peer-reviewed scientific journalInternational Journal of Physical Distribution and Logistics Management
Issue number10
Pages (from-to)1020-1038
Number of pages19
Publication statusPublished - 01.01.2018
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article - refereed


  • 512 Business and Management
  • Service-dominant logic
  • Distribution
  • Servitization


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