liu.seSearch for publications in DiVA
Change search
ReferencesLink to record
Permanent link

Direct link
Identifying categories of service innovation: A review and synthesis of the literature
Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, Logistics & Quality Management. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.
Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, Business Administration. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences. CTF, Service Research Center, Karlstad University, Sweden.
CTF, Service Research Center, Karlstad University, Sweden / Norwegian Business School, Norway.
D'Amore-McKim School of Business, Northeastern University, USA.
Show others and affiliations
2016 (English)In: Journal of Business Research, ISSN 0148-2963, E-ISSN 1873-7978, Vol. 69, no 7, 2401-2408 p.Article, review/survey (Refereed) PublishedText
Abstract [en]

Abstract Service innovation acts as society’s engine of renewal and provides the necessary catalyst for the service sector’s economic growth. Despite service innovation’s importance, the concept remains fuzzy and poorly defined. Building on an extensive and systematic review of 1046 academic articles, this research investigates and explores how service innovation is defined and used in research. Results identify four unique service innovation categorizations emphasizing the following traits: (1) degree of change, (2) type of change, (3) newness, and (4) means of provision. The results show that most research focuses inward and views service innovation as something (only) new to the firm. Interestingly, service innovation categorizations appear to neglect both customer value and financial performance.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Elsevier, 2016. Vol. 69, no 7, 2401-2408 p.
Keyword [en]
Service innovation, Radical, Incremental, Value co-creation, Literature review
National Category
Business Administration Other Mechanical Engineering Information Systems, Social aspects
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-125724DOI: 10.1016/j.jbusres.2016.01.009ISI: 000375812300010OAI: diva2:908003
Available from: 2016-03-01 Created: 2016-03-01 Last updated: 2016-06-10Bibliographically approved
In thesis
1. Health Care Customer Creativity
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Health Care Customer Creativity
2016 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Crafting and stimulating service innovation is considered a main research priority and remains a challenge for service providers. One suggested component of stimulating service innovation is customer creativity. Customers who adapt, modify and transform services or products to better suit themselves are increasingly being recognized as a source of competitive value and innovation. It has been proposed that understanding and supporting the customer’s value creating practices is the key to creating and sustaining value over time in health care. Health services directly address a customer’s well-being and have a significant impact on his or her quality of life. In these types of services, the service outcome is highly dependent on the activities of the individual customer. Health care services often require customers to participate extensively, over long periods of time, with limited support and control. Health services also stretch far beyond the particular service setting into the customer’s daily life. While research, policy, and legislation have all emphasized the active role of health care customers, such customers have traditionally had few opportunities to design their health care services. Nevertheless, health care customers solve health-related problems and engage in self-care and medical decision-making on a day-to-day basis, although this creativity is often unknown to the service provider.

To understand how health care customers can enable service innovation, this thesis seeks to conceptualize and investigate the concept of customer creativity in health care. The thesis focuses on customer creativity, not only as an outcome, but also as a dynamic and contextualized process that can be enhanced. The thesis combines insights from health care research with service and innovation research to provide build a framework for health care customer creativity. Building on five papers, the research develops an understanding for health care customer creativity. The individual papers are based on systematic literature reviews as well as empirical data in the form of customers’ ideas for service innovation collected through diaries.

The results of the thesis suggest that despite the negative nature of the service, health care customers are creative. Given the opportunity, health care customers can provide creative ideas and solutions on a multitude of aspects, both within and outside the health care setting. This provides the potential to view the health care experience through the customers’ eyes and take part in their creativity in spheres where the service providers have not traditionally had any access. This thesis contributes to the literature by providing a framework for health care customer creativity that recognizes the concept as a complex interplay of factors operating at the individual, contextual, and situational levels. The proposed framework specifies the health care specific factors upon which customer creativity depends, with the intention of positing potential research directions and developing an enriched theory of health care customer creativity.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Linköping: Linköping University Electronic Press, 2016. 98 p.
Linköping Studies in Science and Technology. Dissertations, ISSN 0345-7524 ; 1751
Customer creativity, service innovation, health care, co-creation, customer involvement
National Category
Reliability and Maintenance Health Care Service and Management, Health Policy and Services and Health Economy Reliability and Maintenance Other Medical Engineering Business Administration
urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-125723 (URN)10.3384/diss.diva-125723 (DOI)978-91-7685-807-3 (Print) (ISBN)
Public defence
2016-04-01, C3, C-huset, Campus Valla, Linköping, 10:15 (English)
Available from: 2016-03-01 Created: 2016-03-01 Last updated: 2016-04-18Bibliographically approved

Open Access in DiVA

No full text

Other links

Publisher's full text

Search in DiVA

By author/editor
Snyder, HannahWitell, Lars
By organisation
Logistics & Quality ManagementFaculty of Science & EngineeringBusiness AdministrationFaculty of Arts and Sciences
In the same journal
Journal of Business Research
Business AdministrationOther Mechanical EngineeringInformation Systems, Social aspects

Search outside of DiVA

GoogleGoogle Scholar
The number of downloads is the sum of all downloads of full texts. It may include eg previous versions that are now no longer available

Altmetric score

Total: 1500 hits
ReferencesLink to record
Permanent link

Direct link