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Case
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Reference no. 509-055-1
Published by:
IBS Center for Management Research (2009)
Length:
22 pages
Data source:
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Abstract:
This case discusses how, over the years, after-sales service has grown to be an important component of the business portfolio of Rolls-Royce plc, a leading manufacturer of aeronautical engines. It begins with the early history of the company and describes its foray into automobiles and aerospace. The case also discusses the company's bankruptcy in the early 1970s and its subsequent turnaround. It describes the various after-sales services offered by the company, and mentions the benefits and disadvantages of giving so much importance to after-sales service, as a source of revenues as well as a differentiator for its products. The case concludes with a brief discussion on the challenges faced by the company and its future outlook. The teaching objectives of this case are to: (1) understand the importance of after-sales service, both as a source of differentiation, and as a steady source of revenue; and (2) identify the advantages and pitfalls of being heavily dependent on after-sales service to drive sales and earn additional revenues. This case is designed for MBA / PGDBM students and is meant for the marketing curriculum.
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