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Service flexibility: conceptualizing value creation in service
Stockholm University, Sweden.
Stockholm University, Sweden.
Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, Industrial Economics. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.
2016 (English)In: Journal of service theory and practice, ISSN 2055-6225, E-ISSN 2055-6233, Vol. 26, no 6, 868-888 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Purpose - The purpose of this paper is to analyze the subject-specific literature on service and flexibility and derive a conceptualization of the linkages between provider flexibility and customers value creation. Design/methodology/approach - The authors analyze existing perspectives on service and flexibility and propose linkages between provider flexibility and customer value creation. Findings - Drawing on the service logic literature, and utilizing real-world examples, this paper advances propositions and a conceptual model of how flexibility can contribute to value creation. Research limitations/implications - This paper establishes the basis for a practical and applicable flexibility perspective on value creation. It is particularly important for service-oriented providers and other firms operating in dynamic contexts. Practical implications - The propositions and conceptual model offer suggestions on the manner in which provider flexibility contributes to customer value creation. Contextual influences that moderate provider flexibility in value creation are also included. Originality/value - This paper contributes a novel perspective on service, which may serve as the starting point for the development of a more formal flexibility perspective on value creation.

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EMERALD GROUP PUBLISHING LTD , 2016. Vol. 26, no 6, 868-888 p.
Keyword [en]
Service logic; Service; Flexibility; Value co-creation; Value creation
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Business Administration
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-135004DOI: 10.1108/JSTP-09-2014-0219ISI: 000393032600006OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-135004DiVA: diva2:1078718
Available from: 2017-03-06 Created: 2017-03-06 Last updated: 2017-03-06

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