Innovation in services: Cases of Brazilian manufacturing industries

Cristine Hermann Nodari
  • AFRICAN JOURNAL OF BUSINESS MANAGEMENT, January 2012, Academic Journals
  • DOI: 10.5897/ajbm11.2118

Innovation in services: Cases of Brazilian manufacturing industries

What is it about?

The service sector is currently being transformed in the face of economic, technological and social change and is expanding its markets and increasing the complexity of its activities. Innovation process in services is new in academic literature and is still largely debated. The goal of this study is to analyze the service innovation process in two large manufacturing industries, associating the service innovation models found in the literature to the organizational practices adopted by the case study under consideration, so that a set of inferences can be made in regards to a model for understanding the process of service innovation within the realm of industrial organizations. For this purpose, a literature review pertaining to the subject was done and in-depth interviews were conducted with managers from these large manufacturing industries. The findings indicated that innovations in services present challenges that need to be clarified as innovation process, related to properly understanding the unique nature of services by structures originally designed for manufacturing, as well as the assumption of a new paradigm related to creating and developing relationships with clients on a long-term perspective.

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http://dx.doi.org/10.5897/ajbm11.2118

The following have contributed to this page: Dr Cristine Hermann Nodari and Dr Pelayo Munhoz Olea