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On the right track - Service network orchestration in the railway industry
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Business Studies.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Business Studies.
2016 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Nowadays, service is increasingly created by cross-functional collaboration within service networks. A service network can be orchestrated by one central company, which is named coordinating hub in the present study. This study examines the contemporary and unexplored phenomenon of service network orchestration in the passenger railway markets in Sweden and Germany. It is the first to offer a definition of service network orchestration and presents a novel service network orchestration model by synthesizing business network orchestration and service marketing literature. The model’s applicability in practice is examined by qualitative empirical data derived from a multiple case study. The findings of this study confirm the proposed model’s practical applicability. Nevertheless, the findings suggest that service networks found in practice include a greater variety of partnerships than the current literature indicates. 1) The partner firm’s proximity to the coordinating hub (i.e. internal vs. external) and 2) the coordinating hub’s involvement in the partnerships (i.e. high vs. low) are found to create contexts that require distinct orchestration activities. Based on these findings, a set of takeaways is formulated, which contributes to a holistic understanding of service network orchestration that is relevant in both theory and practice.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2016. , 68 p.
Keyword [en]
Service network orchestration, Service networks, Business networks, Business network orchestration, Service marketing, Service-dominant (S-D) logic, Service transition, Hub coordination activities, Railway industry, Passenger ground transportation industry
National Category
Business Administration
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-296535OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-296535DiVA: diva2:938872
Educational program
Master Programme in Business and Management
Available from: 2016-06-20 Created: 2016-06-17 Last updated: 2016-06-20Bibliographically approved

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