The purpose of this paper is to investigate service improvements in a manufacturing context.
Action research at the gas turbine manufacturer Siemens was performed during a five‐year period. In addition, 336 fault reports sent to the service division concerning severity, cost, and occurrence were analyzed.
When moving from a fire‐fighting culture to a proactive culture, a company needs to change from a product to a process perspective. The benefit of changing from a product to a process perspective is the change in focus from reduction of internal costs to value creation through service delivery.
This paper shows how feedback from dissatisfied customers can be used as a driving factor in process improvements. Based on this knowledge, a company can select the most important Six Sigma projects to improve their service processes. The change from a product to a process perspective shows that traditionally the severity of almost 50 percent of all faults is underestimated.
The paper provides a number of fruitful insights on how to work with service improvements in manufacturing companies.
Cronemyr, P. and Witell, L. (2010), "Changing from a product to a process perspective for service improvements in a manufacturing company", The TQM Journal, Vol. 22 No. 1, pp. 26-40. https://doi.org/10.1108/17542731011009603Download as .RIS
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