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Title: The investigation of the critical success factors for price strategy of Information Technology (IT) services
Author: Claes, Marcus M.
ISNI:       0000 0004 7655 6128
Awarding Body: University of Gloucestershire
Current Institution: University of Gloucestershire
Date of Award: 2017
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Objectives: The aim of the research is to investigate the critical success factors for price strategy of information technology (IT) services. The discrepancy between the isolated focus of the research on the influential variables on pricing decisions and the multi­-dimensional reality of the marketing mix that managers must deal with is the theory-­practice gap. This research seeks to reduce the theory-practice gap by identifying the reciprocal dependencies between internal price-setting and external price strategy, examining the personal views of pricing managers on the critical success factors, and determining recommendations for practical pricing process improvements. Methodology: The researcher sets an antithetic point to the previous, mainly quantitative, pricing research by performing an interpretive approach to overcome the deficiencies in the research quality and provide explorative research. The research method of choice, considering the high complexity of pricing research, is a sequential semi-structured interview accompanied by a cognitive mapping process that focusses on the IT services industry. The case study strategy enables enlarging the horizon of study beyond the context. The appreciation of every single opinion of ten professional pricing managers from different international IT companies serves to gain in-depth insights and a colourful bandwidth of perspectives. Criteria such as trustworthiness, systematicity, reflexivity, and transparency, in conjunction with a member-checking process assess the high research quality. Contribution: The findings and their interpretations uncover the objectives, the critical success factors, and the reciprocal dependencies of price-setting and price strategy. Recommendations for practical improvement like a versatile pricing manager role, a standardization of the IT service catalogue, a paradigm change in price-setting, and the proposition of a new four-category pricing model toolbox complete the ambition of reducing the theory-practice gap. Limitations: Limitations can arise through the number of research participants, their individual experience and temporal retrospection, and the complexity of cognitive mapping. Sector-specific findings cannot easily be transferred to other industries.
Supervisor: Greenwood, Robert ; Carter, Adele Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (D.B.A.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
EThOS ID:  DOI: Not available
Keywords: H Social Sciences (General) ; HF Commerce