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ERIC Number: EJ815312
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Apr
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 38
ISSN: ISSN-1476-7333
Transformation to a Customer-Oriented Perspective through Action Learning in Product and Service Development
Olsson, Annika
Action Learning: Research and Practice, v4 n1 p45-59 Apr 2007
Customer orientation is strongly visible in the visions and strategies of most organizations, but how do these visions and strategies move from intentions to practice? This question provides the focus for this research which aims to acquire deeper insights into this process. The point of departure is the change in perspective from a product to a customer orientation in product and service developing organizations, with the focus of integrating knowledge from one to the other through action learning. The purpose is to understand the different factors that affect the transformation of perspectives both on an individual level and on a systems level. The main conclusion drawn is that the transformation of perspective toward customer orientation is dependent on individuals and their learning. The studies distinguish the organizations that do reflect and inquiry for change and new knowledge creation and thereby have stepped forward in the change of perspectives. The paper elaborates on the role the individual and the organization have on the system as a whole. One practical contribution is the workshop action learning methods developed for such individual learning and for changing individuals' mindsets from a product feature perspective to a customer value perspective. (Contains 5 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Adult Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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