With the increasing importance of business-to-business (b-2-b) and knowledge intensive services in the contemporary global business environment, it is imperative to understand the characteristics of international service activities. However, research on international services is fragmented, inconclusive, and at times even contradictory among a variety of academic fields. Thus, we develop a unified conceptual framework that identifies the characteristics of international b-2-b services. We develop this framework by reviewing international business, economic geography, urban-regional science and service management literature, resulting in the identification of three major challenges of the fields related to the definition of the services, their level of analysis, and the impact of institutional environments on the services. These challenges are the foundation for the identification of four interconnected service characteristic components, i.e. connectivity, configuration, collaboration, and creation of value evident in b-2-b service activities. Using the 4C framework allows conceptualizing the impact of international environments on the services. We illustrate this impact with an example related to public policy with high relevance and impact on regional developments. The integrative research approach allows contributing to international business, economic geography, and international service management literature and provides insights for public policy.
|Number of pages||1|
|Publication status||Published - 2019|
|Event||45th EIBA Annual Conference 2019: What Now? International Business in a Confused World Order - University of Leeds, Leeds, United Kingdom|
Duration: 13 Dec 2019 → 15 Dec 2019
Conference number: 45
|Conference||45th EIBA Annual Conference 2019|
|Location||University of Leeds|
|Period||13/12/2019 → 15/12/2019|
Brandl, K., Jensen, P. D. Ø., Ström, P., & Jones, A. (2019). The Characteristics of International Business-to-business Services: The 4C Framework. 70. Abstract from 45th EIBA Annual Conference 2019, Leeds, United Kingdom.