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Knowledge-Sharing Network for Product-Service System Development: Is it atypical?

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Conference/Workshop Paper


4th CIRP International Conference on Industrial Product-Service Systems




The move towards offering Product-Service Systems (PSS) requires the involvement of stakeholders from different companies, possessing knowledge about the different product lifecycle phases. This setting poses unique challenges for traditional product manufacturers, which need to rearrange transaction-based relationships into long-term relationships of co-development. Knowledge sharing across organizational boundaries is, therefore, considered as a key enabler for the development of profitable PSS. The paper is based on a social network tie perspective, and its purpose is to describe and exemplify knowledge-sharing network for PSS development—in order to describe the impact of the shift toward PSS development on companies’ relationships and responsibilities. Based on the findings from two research projects involving various partners from the aerospace industry, the paper concludes that the development of profitable PSS relies on the development of strong and weak ties across the supply network. Finally, a five stages model of the evolution of tie strength is proposed for classifying relationships within the PSS knowledge-sharing network.


author = {Koteshwar Chirumalla},
title = {Knowledge-Sharing Network for Product-Service System Development: Is it atypical?},
isbn = {978-3-642-32847-3},
editor = {Shimomura, Yoshiki and Kimita, Koji },
month = {November},
year = {2012},
booktitle = {4th CIRP International Conference on Industrial Product-Service Systems},
publisher = {Springer},
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