Power-by-the-hour: the role of technology in reshaping business strategy at Rolls-Royce

Smith, D.J. ORCID: 0000-0001-7359-8451, 2013. Power-by-the-hour: the role of technology in reshaping business strategy at Rolls-Royce. Technology Analysis & Strategic Management, 25 (8), pp. 987-1007. ISSN 0953-7325


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There is a recognised trend of manufacturing companies offering not only products, but services and even complete solutions to business problems. Research has highlighted economic, market demand and competitiveness factors as responsible for the re-shaping of business strategies that this has involved. This study analyses the extent to which another factor, technology, has been a significant factor in the switch from product oriented to service oriented strategies. A case study of the aero engine manufacturer Rolls-Royce is used to analyse the impact of technology, which is found to have led manufacturers to re-shape their business strategies. The study finds that developments in one technology in particular, namely digital electronics, have been a powerful enabling factor facilitating the implementation of service strategies. This provided original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) like Rolls-Royce with a competitive advantage relative to conventional service providers, by enabling them to acquire new knowledge management capabilities.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Technology Analysis & Strategic Management
Creators: Smith, D.J.
Publisher: Routledge
Place of Publication: Abingdon
Date: 2013
Volume: 25
Number: 8
ISSN: 0953-7325
Divisions: Schools > Nottingham Business School
Record created by: EPrints Services
Date Added: 09 Oct 2015 09:40
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2017 13:08
URI: https://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/926

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