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The Business of Solutions

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The Business of Solutions

9781848441859 Edward Elgar Publishing
Federica Ceci, Assistant Professor of Innovation Management, DASTA – University G. D’Annunzio, Italy
Publication Date: 2009 ISBN: 978 1 84844 185 9 Extent: 192 pp
This book systematically explores the integrated solutions business model. The path towards the provision of integrated solutions poses a number of challenges for manufacturers in terms of capabilities development and configuration: firms that offer integrated solutions must shift from manufacturing to service capabilities, as they are required to provide services previously carried out by business users. Federica Ceci delves deeply into the nature, dimensions, and dynamics of this new business model, deploying research and analytical techniques from a variety of disciplines including the theory of the firm, operations management, strategic management, and innovation studies.

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This book is the first to systematically explore the integrated solutions business model.

The path towards the provision of solutions poses a number of challenges for manufacturers in terms of capabilities development and configuration: firms that offer solutions must shift from manufacturing to service capabilities, as they are required to provide services previously carried out by business users. Federica Ceci delves deeply into the nature, dimensions, and dynamics of this new business model, deploying research and analytical techniques from a variety of disciplines including the theory of the firm, operations management, strategic management, and innovation studies.

This enlightening book will be warmly welcomed by graduate students, scholars, consultants and practitioners in the fields of business strategy, technology strategy, operations management, management of information systems and technological change.
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Contents: Preface 1. Introduction Part I: A Capabilities Approach to Solutions 2. Paths Towards Integrated Solutions 3. Integrated Solutions and Capabilities Configuration: Coexistence of Diverse Approaches 4. Further Exploration of Capabilities Configuration: The Importance of Fit with the Environment Part II: Systems Integration and Solutions 5. Outsourcing Dynamics in the Business of Solutions 6. Systems Integration and Integrated Solutions 7. Conclusions Bibliography Index
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