Service embeddedness and its impact on the value chain and firm internationalisation: In search of a framework

Robert Jack, Sharif As-Saber*, Ron Edwards

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Abstract

Internationalisation theory has largely been concerned with analysing firm internationalisation strategy and entry mode choice from a manufacturing firm's perspective. Nonetheless, as the composition of a firm's product usually contains both tangible and service characteristics, it is important to understand the extent of service components that embody, or are embedded in, a product. This paper introduces the concept of service embeddedness, which is defined as the service characteristics existing in all products and are usually incorporated to add value to a product offering. From this perspective, the paper continues to outline a value chain that shows how value is created through a series of activities similar, but somewhat distinguishable, from the value chain generally applied to manufactured goods. A conceptual model is introduced to determine the likely impact that service embeddedness may have on a firm's value-creating activities and its choice of foreign market entry mode.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)33-43
Number of pages11
JournalInternational Journal of Value Chain Management
Volume1
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2006
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Entry modes
  • Internationalisation
  • Product characteristics
  • Service embeddedness
  • Value chain

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