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Cross-Channel Integration Towards Omnichannel Retailing: A Dynamic Capabilities Approach: A case study on IKEA
Jönköping University, Jönköping International Business School, JIBS, Business Administration.
Jönköping University, Jönköping International Business School, JIBS, Business Administration.
Jönköping University, Jönköping International Business School, JIBS, Business Administration.
2018 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The rapidly changing consumer behaviour and the increasing demand of convenience has put pressure on corporations to utilise their various capabilities more dynamically. As a result, operating through channels that are not synergised is no longer as effective as it used to be, and businesses are struggling with combining their existing channels with the market development. For Multinational corporations (MNCs) traditionally based on brick-and-mortar retailing, this has proven to be especially difficult as the market develops towards electronic solutions, but with a significant demand still for physical stores.

This study aims to, by the assistance of theory, investigate the practice of how MNCs can utilise their capabilities dynamically in order to make their cross-channel integration process more dynamic, and thus maintaining their competitive advantage.

Empirical data has been gathered through a case study on a brick-and-mortar MNC that is, at the time of this research, going through the process of cross-channel integration. Primary data has been gathered through semi-structured interviews that has also resulted in providing the secondary data in regard to the process. The combined data has then been analysed, using a pattern matching method, together with literature within both cross-channel integration and dynamic capabilities.

The findings indicate that resources that can be connected to theory within dynamic capabilities play a central role in successful cross-channel integration. Furthermore, being up-to-date in terms of trends & development, having clear, change encouraging, company values and making sure that the employees are actively participating in the process is indicated to be of especial importance.

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2018. , p. 59
Keywords [en]
Cross-channel integration; Omnichannel; Dynamic capabilities; Electronic commerce; Capability Development; Customer Touchpoint
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Business Administration
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-39775ISRN: JU-IHH-FÖA-1-20180682OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hj-39775DiVA, id: diva2:1213264
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JIBS, Business Administration
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2018-06-04, Jönköping International Business School, Gjuterigatan 5, Jönköping, 15:52 (English)
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Available from: 2018-06-26 Created: 2018-06-04 Last updated: 2018-06-26Bibliographically approved

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