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Understand what your maintenance service partners value

Maaren Ali-Marttila (School of Business and Management, Lappeenranta University of Technology, Lappeenranta, Finland)
Salla Marttonen-Arola (School of Business and Management, Lappeenranta University of Technology, Lappeenranta, Finland)
Timo Kärri (School of Business and Management, Lappeenranta University of Technology, Lappeenranta, Finland)
Olli Pekkarinen (School of Business and Management, Lappeenranta University of Technology, Lappeenranta, Finland)
Minna Saunila (School of Business and Management, Lappeenranta University of Technology, Lahti, Finland)

Journal of Quality in Maintenance Engineering

ISSN: 1355-2511

Article publication date: 8 May 2017

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to identify what is currently valued in maintenance services. The study first conceptualizes the value construct through an examination of its elements, including both financial and non-financial elements, and second provides insight into its actors’ (i.e. customer companies, service providers, equipment providers) attitudes toward value creation.

Design/methodology/approach

The study uses data collected from maintenance service professionals by an online survey. First an explorative factor analysis is conducted to examine the value construct. After this cluster analysis is conducted to define the actors.

Findings

The empirical findings suggest seven main elements that capture maintenance service value: relationship synergies, reliability of the service partner, development, availability, service solutions and problem solving ability, environment, health, safety and quality, and adaptability to suit different situations. Further analysis reveals that the actors can be divided into three main strategy types: basic, quality- and collaboration-oriented partners.

Originality/value

In previous studies the comprehensive nature of maintenance service value has received less attention, and the literature has focused on the technical and financial aspects. This paper provides a new conceptualization of the value creating elements, including also non-financial elements, and offers an integrated measure for the actors to identify the comprehensive value construct around maintenance services. In addition, the findings show that the actors in the field still have varying strategies when considering value creation. Communication and mutual understanding of the value creating elements are important so that right services are carried out and developed with the right partners.

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Citation

Ali-Marttila, M., Marttonen-Arola, S., Kärri, T., Pekkarinen, O. and Saunila, M. (2017), "Understand what your maintenance service partners value", Journal of Quality in Maintenance Engineering, Vol. 23 No. 2, pp. 144-164. https://doi.org/10.1108/JQME-08-2016-0035

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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