Collaboration with customers in innovation processes: Case study: M/S Viking Grace, Viking Line Abp

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dc.contributor Aalto-yliopisto fi
dc.contributor Aalto University en Ahvenainen, Virpi 2016-02-16T08:02:42Z 2016-02-16T08:02:42Z 2014
dc.description.abstract Purpose of this study The purpose of this study is to understand the importance to collaborate with customers in innovation processes of cruise lines business context. The research examines how learning from and with customers will help the company to understand and anticipate the latent needs of the customers. Further, the study aims to explain how customers' involvement in innovation processes in a right way has a positive effect on creating new breakthrough innovations in the market. Methodology The theoretical framework of the study discusses existing literature relating to market and learning orientation together with a service-centered model, and also contemplates the literature on customer involvement in innovation. This study was conducted as a case study with a cruise line company and their latest cruise ferry. The company and their latest cruise ferry were chosen because the results of the study would bring about value to the study, and also create valuable knowledge to the company. The empirical part of this particular study was qualitative in nature and the data was collected through semi-structured interviews with 40 different passengers on the latest cruise ferry. In addition, three interviews were conducted with employees of the cruise company in order to achieve understanding of their viewpoints. On the whole, the research is a qualitative study and its main purpose is to make contributions to important research fields of customer involvement in innovation and market and learning orientation, and also create practical knowledge and give suggestions to the cruise line company. Findings As the earlier research shows, customers' early involvement in the innovation process offers a great possibility to understand the needs that assist to create novel offerings in the market. However, traditional research methods such as interviews, feedback and customer surveys tend to focus on existing offerings and lead to making only minor improvement and incremental changes. Therefore, the focus is on satisfying the expressed needs of the customers and uncovered needs, that would lead to innovative thinking and breakthrough innovations, cannot be reached. The main finding of this study reflects existing literature; as the case company mainly focused on the traditional techniques in the development process, and give the customers a reactive role, all the latent needs of the customers could not be uncovered. That explains why majority of the customers saw the cruise ferry and the novel concepts mostly as upgraded versions instead of as breakthrough innovations. en
dc.format.extent 88
dc.language.iso en en
dc.title Collaboration with customers in innovation processes: Case study: M/S Viking Grace, Viking Line Abp en
dc.type G2 Pro gradu, diplomityö fi Kauppakorkeakoulu fi School of Business en
dc.contributor.department Tieto- ja palvelutalouden laitos fi
dc.contributor.department Department of Information and Service Economy en
dc.subject.keyword Co-creation
dc.subject.keyword customization
dc.subject.keyword Market and learning orientation
dc.subject.keyword Customer involvement in innovation
dc.subject.keyword M/S Viking Grace
dc.subject.keyword expressed needs
dc.subject.keyword latent needs
dc.identifier.urn URN:NBN:fi:aalto-201602161395
dc.type.dcmitype text en
dc.programme.major Logistics en
dc.programme.major Logistiikka fi
dc.type.ontasot Master's thesis en
dc.type.ontasot Pro gradu tutkielma fi
dc.subject.helecon logistiikka
dc.subject.helecon logistics
dc.subject.helecon innovaatiot
dc.subject.helecon innovations
dc.subject.helecon yhteistyö
dc.subject.helecon cooperation
dc.subject.helecon asiakkaat
dc.subject.helecon customers
dc.subject.helecon oppiminen
dc.subject.helecon learning
dc.subject.helecon kehitys
dc.subject.helecon development
dc.subject.helecon laivaliikenne
dc.subject.helecon shipping traffic
dc.subject.helecon varustamot
dc.subject.helecon shipping companies
dc.ethesisid 14273 2014-05-05
dc.location P1 I

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