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Towards a Custermer-oriented Organization. A study at Tetra Pak Processing Systems AB

Lundquist, Fredrik (2003) MIO920
Production Management
Abstract
In later time many companies have faced a major strategically change of focus and companies
that have previous acted as traditional product manufacturers now describe themselves as
providers of complete solutions. Tetra Pak Processing Systems, operating in the liquid food
processing industry, has faced an increased level of competition the past years. The
globalization of the industry means that customers are becoming more aware of their costs
and realize that hey can not afford to keep in-house engineering capabilities. This introduces
new business opportunities to Tetra Pak Processing Systems for selling production solutions.
The main purpose of this thesis is to provide Tetra Pak with a conceptual model to help them
reframe... (More)
In later time many companies have faced a major strategically change of focus and companies
that have previous acted as traditional product manufacturers now describe themselves as
providers of complete solutions. Tetra Pak Processing Systems, operating in the liquid food
processing industry, has faced an increased level of competition the past years. The
globalization of the industry means that customers are becoming more aware of their costs
and realize that hey can not afford to keep in-house engineering capabilities. This introduces
new business opportunities to Tetra Pak Processing Systems for selling production solutions.
The main purpose of this thesis is to provide Tetra Pak with a conceptual model to help them
reframe their view of the customer-oriented business. The model introduces a partially new
vocabulary for better understanding the factors that affect the transition from a productoriented
approach to a customer-oriented. The conceptual model developed is based on: 1) A
comprehensive theoretical sturdy covering literature dealing with service management and
marketing aspects. 2) Interviews with representatives for Tetra Pak in order to identify and
understand how they perceive the total production solutions concept. This is complemented
with an external mapping at companies that are generally apprehended as service companies,
thus constituting a reference group for the analysis.
The conceptual model comprises five areas that a company needs to consider in order to
obtain a customer-oriented approach to businesses: 1) The customer value perspective is
about understanding the customer’s need and situation and to relate this to the value of the
company’s offering. 2) The organizational structure covers how the company should be
physically structured in order to create and convey the identified customer offerings. 3)
Corporate image and branding activities affect the customer perceived quality as well as
creates credibility, trust and awareness. 4) External relationships are of vital importance for
how the service offering is conveyed to a customer. 5) To enable high-quality interactions,
internal relationships are required.
The conclusions drawn from the analysis of Tetra Pak Processing Systems are: 1) They need
to more precise in communicating what they can do and how they intend to do it. They must
also emphasize their efforts in quantifying relationship costs. In today’s situation I think the
product-focus restraints them. 2) The structure with business units and market companies
supports their desired customer-oriented approach. However, they must clarify the extent to
which they expect customers to participate in the service production process. 3) They should
reinforce the identity in the Tetra Pak Processing brand name as an entirety. Communicating
an ethical message is in-line with a customer-oriented approach. 4) The role of back-office
functions for customer relationship management is underestimated. It is not only front-office
employees that have customer contact. 5) There are shortcomings in the internal
communication. Tetra Pak must reexamine the issue, as the lack otherwise can lead to
difficulties in conveying a customer-oriented approach to employees. However, the re-use of
well-tried solutions is something that affects the internal efficiency positively. (Less)
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Lundquist, Fredrik
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organization
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MIO920
year
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M1 - University Diploma
subject
keywords
Customer value., Branding strategies, Image, Service quality, Customer relationship management, Service management
other publication id
03/5187
language
English
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2007501
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  abstract     = {In later time many companies have faced a major strategically change of focus and companies
that have previous acted as traditional product manufacturers now describe themselves as
providers of complete solutions. Tetra Pak Processing Systems, operating in the liquid food
processing industry, has faced an increased level of competition the past years. The
globalization of the industry means that customers are becoming more aware of their costs
and realize that hey can not afford to keep in-house engineering capabilities. This introduces
new business opportunities to Tetra Pak Processing Systems for selling production solutions.
The main purpose of this thesis is to provide Tetra Pak with a conceptual model to help them
reframe their view of the customer-oriented business. The model introduces a partially new
vocabulary for better understanding the factors that affect the transition from a productoriented
approach to a customer-oriented. The conceptual model developed is based on: 1) A
comprehensive theoretical sturdy covering literature dealing with service management and
marketing aspects. 2) Interviews with representatives for Tetra Pak in order to identify and
understand how they perceive the total production solutions concept. This is complemented
with an external mapping at companies that are generally apprehended as service companies,
thus constituting a reference group for the analysis.
The conceptual model comprises five areas that a company needs to consider in order to
obtain a customer-oriented approach to businesses: 1) The customer value perspective is
about understanding the customer’s need and situation and to relate this to the value of the
company’s offering. 2) The organizational structure covers how the company should be
physically structured in order to create and convey the identified customer offerings. 3)
Corporate image and branding activities affect the customer perceived quality as well as
creates credibility, trust and awareness. 4) External relationships are of vital importance for
how the service offering is conveyed to a customer. 5) To enable high-quality interactions,
internal relationships are required.
The conclusions drawn from the analysis of Tetra Pak Processing Systems are: 1) They need
to more precise in communicating what they can do and how they intend to do it. They must
also emphasize their efforts in quantifying relationship costs. In today’s situation I think the
product-focus restraints them. 2) The structure with business units and market companies
supports their desired customer-oriented approach. However, they must clarify the extent to
which they expect customers to participate in the service production process. 3) They should
reinforce the identity in the Tetra Pak Processing brand name as an entirety. Communicating
an ethical message is in-line with a customer-oriented approach. 4) The role of back-office
functions for customer relationship management is underestimated. It is not only front-office
employees that have customer contact. 5) There are shortcomings in the internal
communication. Tetra Pak must reexamine the issue, as the lack otherwise can lead to
difficulties in conveying a customer-oriented approach to employees. However, the re-use of
well-tried solutions is something that affects the internal efficiency positively.},
  author       = {Lundquist, Fredrik},
  keyword      = {Customer value.,Branding strategies,Image,Service quality,Customer relationship management,Service management},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Towards a Custermer-oriented Organization. A study at Tetra Pak Processing Systems AB},
  year         = {2003},
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