Providing product-service-systems - The long way from a product OEM towards an original solution provider (OSP)
Product-Service-Systems (PSS) have gained tremendous attention in research and industry over the past years. Manufacturing firms transform from providing pure products towards providing integrated products and services. This development is triggered by the increasing customer demand for PSS and the opportunity of manufacturers to differentiate themselves from their competitors as services are hard to replicate. For providing PSS companies need to go through fundamental changes which range from organizational adaptions within the company structure over novel development processes to improving the customer relationship. In this paper the authors describe requirements for providing PSS which were derived from a case study with a crane manufacturer and an extensive literature research. These requirements are considered with respect to the different PSS business models related to the PSS types defined by Tukker. Furthermore the implementation of one of these requirements in the case company is described.