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Customer relationship management
2010 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (professional degree), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Businesses are in a constant race to increase profits, keep current customers and gain or poach new ones, competing for customers on a globalised market like never before. One of the many sets of tools aimed at aiding the interaction between supplier and customer is customer relationship management(CRM). CRM is aimed at building strong, long-term relationships that keep customers coming back repeatedly. It aims to help organizations build individual customer relationships in such a way that both the firm and the customer get the most out of the exchange, providing both parties with long term benefits. The purpose of this thesis is to provide a better understanding of the use of CRM in B2B firms. To reach this understanding the thesis starts with three research questions that focus the objectives of CRM, CRM strategies, and how CRM is measured. Using these three questions as a guide to the literature review for this study, a frame of reference is developed and used to collect data from two large firms operating from Sweden, Haldex and Nefab. These companies were studied through case analysis and compared to each other and to theory. The data collected from them was primarily attained through structured interviews. The findings indicate that much of the explored theory regarding CRM is true for the B2B sector. There are however a few areas in which the firms diverge from theory, specifically those relating to the usage of estimated values such as loyalty and satisfaction in customer evaluations. It was also found that there is a lack of research in the areas of evaluation of CRM. Furthermore the findings indicates that CRM in B2B settings focuses on the organizational aspects of CRM, and a strong goal for businesses is to unlock the information the employees have and store it in a place the business can own and find use of.

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Keyword [en]
Social Behaviour Law, CRM, Customer relationship management, objectives, strategy, measuring, evaluation, B2B, kundvård, industriell, marknadsföring och e-handel, kund relationer, RM, Customer, Life Cycle
Keyword [sv]
Samhälls-, beteendevetenskap, juridik
URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-44423ISRN: LTU-EX--10/111--SELocal ID: 2352ad11-1629-48d2-bae8-1d2ffdad23ebOAI: diva2:1017701
Subject / course
Student thesis, at least 30 credits
Educational program
Industrial and Management Engineering, master's level
Validerat; 20101217 (root)Available from: 2016-10-04 Created: 2016-10-04Bibliographically approved

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