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Anser kunden att ett WIS kan gör denne vis? : Kundens önskemål om informationsinnehåll i ett webbaserat informationssystem

by Thörnryd, Louise; Hansson, Maria

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The web has a broad affect on the global economy and can among other things be used for web based information systems (WIS). These systems have grown from being used as a market platform to support all activities in the work of an organisation of today. To survive in a turbulent competitive environment, companies must start to cooperate with their customers instead of just collaborate with them. Can an IT-consultant company use a WIS as a tool for keeping in contact with existing customers to attain this cooperation? A WIS could strengthen the relation between customer and supplier and through that have a possibility to increase the customer use since it can facilitate business processes and imply that services can be offered in a new way. WIS have however been characterized by lack of use and not having the expected effects on the business. The reason for this is that only a technical perspective has been taken when they have been developed and implemented, without consideration to organisational circumstances. When taking these facts into consideration, is it possible that a WIS can increase the customer use in the relation between customer and supplier? How does the customer view a WIS and what requirements would s/he have regarding the information content in such a system?The purpose with this thesis is that through a demand analysis during pre-study, congregate possible customer requirements regarding the information content in a potential WIS, with consideration taken to the need of how information is communicated, with the intention of increasing the customer use in the relation between customer and supplier.The pre-study took a qualitative form and consisted of deep interviews with ten potential users of a WIS. The system could function as a bridge between them and their ITconsultant company, Sigma. Sigma is the employer of this thesis. The theory that has been set as the base for the thesis can be mirrored against four building stones which can be distinguished in the purpose; information content, information handling, customer relationships and customer use. Except from these, we have also included theory regarding WIS in the aim to clarify this type of system. The study showed that there were customer requirements concerning a WIS, in the primary aim of keeping the contact with Sigma. The most prioritised function was education in the form of manuals to prior systems that Sigma had developed on the behalf of the customers. Project handling was then prioritised, in the form of among other things follow-up on projects and joint handling of documents. The customers also regarded that customer service and reports of defects, together with a vocabulary were good functions to include in a WIS. The customers considered that the handling of information could be more structured if a WIS was implemented, but most of them thought that their relation to Sigma would stay unchanged. The customer use with a WIS was regarded to principally be easier access to information for both customer and Sigma, current information and better support together with better service from Sigma.
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School:Högskolan i Jönköping

School Location:Sweden

Source Type:Master's Thesis

Keywords:pre study web based information system wis customer relation satisfaction relationship marketing

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Date of Publication:09/28/2006

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