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Manufacturer's servitization level and financial performance: the role of risk management

Mohsin Nasir Jat (Bob Gaglardi School of Business and Economics, Thompson Rivers University, Kamloops, Canada) (Edwards School of Business, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Canada)
Muhammad Shakeel Sadiq Jajja (Suleman Dawood School of Business, Lahore University of Management Sciences, Lahore, Pakistan)
Syed Aamir Ali Shah (Sukkur IBA University, Sukkur, Pakistan)
Sami Farooq (School of Management Sciences, Ghulam Ishaq Khan Institute of Engineering Sciences and Technology, Topi, Pakistan)

Journal of Manufacturing Technology Management

ISSN: 1741-038X

Article publication date: 31 October 2022

Issue publication date: 17 January 2023




The objective of this research is to investigate the impact of offering product-linked services on the effectiveness of risk management and, subsequently, on financial performance.


The investigation is based on an empirical analysis employing structural equation modeling (SEM) and cross-industry and multi-country survey data of 307 companies. The theorization is guided by the information processing theory (IPT).


Considering the basic and advanced classification of services, the analysis suggests that only the provision of advanced services influences the effectiveness of risk management. Specifically, the provision of advanced services strengthens the preventive dimension of risk management. Surprisingly, the analysis reveals a negative direct impact of preventive risk management on financial performance. Preventive risk management, however, indirectly enhances financial performance by supporting reactive risk management.

Practical implications

For practitioners, the research suggests a positive impact of servitization in a long term rather than in form of instant financial benefits. The research attempts to highlight the specific role of supply chain risk management (SCRM) through which servitization has a positive impact on financial performance.


Although there are assumptions about both reduction and increase in risk when manufacturers offer services, the extant literature lacks an empirical investigation on the association between servitization and the effectiveness of risk management. This study addresses the stated gap and offers novel insights into the role of SCRM in the performance consequences of servitization.



Jat, M.N., Jajja, M.S.S., Shah, S.A.A. and Farooq, S. (2023), "Manufacturer's servitization level and financial performance: the role of risk management", Journal of Manufacturing Technology Management, Vol. 34 No. 1, pp. 122-146.



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