Citation: Leotta A., Rizza C., Ruggeri D. (2018), Constructing servitization strategies. Accounting information in supporting NPD processes, Management Control, Suppl. 2, pp. 53-81, Doi: 10.3280/MACO2018-00SU2004
In the last decades, a fruitful stream of research has paid attention to the servitization strategy analysing the role of accounting in supporting it. We deeply investigate the role of accounting information in verifying the validity of a servitization strategy. Drawing on the pragmatic constructivism, we identify the key elements of servitization strategy associated to possibilities, facts, and values that could contribute to transform new possibilities into factual possibilities. Focusing on New Product Development (NPD) processes, we aim to analyse the use of accounting information in managing two development projects. In particular, the accounting information, acting as a communication means can verify the validity of a company servitization strategy in order to complete the construction of that strategy.
We conducted an interpretive case-study at a division of a multinational, manufacturing company operating in the semiconductor industry. Case evidence showed how the revisions to the projects, suggested from accounting communications during the NPD phases, allowed a realignment of the two projects to the servitization strategy at the company level, which was validated with respect to the new devices.
Keywords: Servitization Strategy, New Product Development, Pragmatic Constructivism, Accounting Information Systems
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