Working Papers, School of Business, Örebro University
"Servicification of Manufacturing - Evidence from Swedish Firm and Enterprise Group Level Data"
Abstract: The manufacturing industry in industrialised countries is
often argued to servicify - use and sell more services - but knowledge is
poor. We examine the phenomenon using detailed and com-prehensive micro
level data at both the firm and enterprise group level for Sweden
(1997-2006). We find that manufacturing is servicifying substantially.
Services and qualified services are increasingly characterising in-house
activity in manufacturing. The results imply that treat-ing services and
manufacturing separately - for instance in trade policy negotiations - may
be inappropriate in industrialised countries. Finally, the findings
illustrate the value of enterprise group level data when studying
structural economic changes.
Keywords: servicification; manufacturing; deindustrialisation; enterprise group level data; firm data; outsourcing; offshoring; (follow links to similar papers)
JEL-Codes: F14; L16; (follow links to similar papers)
35 pages, March 24, 2010
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