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The core-customer concept
Linköping University , Linköping, Sweden.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-2632-6378
2011 (English)In: Service Industries Journal, ISSN 0264-2069, E-ISSN 1743-9507, Vol. 31, no 16, 2677-2692 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The purpose of this paper is to define and discuss the core-customer concept. This concept examines how a company develops its operations around a single or only a few customers. The customer steers what products and services the supplier develops, which means that it is the customer that dictates the supplier's operations. The core-customer concept may be one method for designing a company's operations, but the paper also aims to challenge companies to consider how they think about customers. The paper contributes to research on customer value and extended service offerings by indicating a business-development strategy based on the customer rather than the supplier's operations. Building a company around a single customer, requires flexibility and competences in finding collaboration partners or in adjusting the organisation to new requirements. The paper refers to these as secondary/supporting competences, while the core competence upon which the company builds its operation is the customer.

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2011. Vol. 31, no 16, 2677-2692 p.
Keyword [en]
core customer, service offering, core competence, resource-based view, case study
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Business Administration
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Business Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-37982DOI: 10.1080/02642069.2010.511186OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-37982DiVA: diva2:760517
Available from: 2014-11-04 Created: 2014-10-23 Last updated: 2017-10-17Bibliographically approved

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