Value in use through service experience

Sara Sandström (Service Research Center, Karlstad University, Karlstad, Sweden)
Bo Edvardsson (Service Research Center, Karlstad University, Karlstad, Sweden)
Per Kristensson (Service Research Center, Karlstad University, Karlstad, Sweden)
Peter Magnusson (Service Research Center, Karlstad University, Karlstad, Sweden)

Managing Service Quality: An International Journal

ISSN: 0960-4529

Publication date: 21 March 2008

Abstract

Purpose

The aim of this article is to propose a framework for a new perspective on the total service experience, which dimensions influence it, and how a service experience is linked to value in use.

Design/methodology/approach

The article is conceptual and suggests a new theoretical frame of reference describing value in use through service experience in technology‐based services.

Findings

According to this article, a service experience is the total functional and emotional value of a consumed service. The service experience is unique to every individual customer and the service consumption situation. Value in use is the cognitive evaluation of the service experience.

Research limitations/implications

The framework is discussed in the context of technology‐based services and will provide a basis for future research. Empirical studies are called for concerning service experiences in different kinds of service contexts.

Originality/value

This article contributes a new framework, illustrating the service experience, which dimensions influence the service experience, and how it is linked to value. The framework is placed in a context of technology‐based services. Unique to these kinds of services is a lack of personal interaction between the service producer and the customer.

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Citation

Sandström, S., Edvardsson, B., Kristensson, P. and Magnusson, P. (2008), "Value in use through service experience", Managing Service Quality: An International Journal, Vol. 18 No. 2, pp. 112-126. https://doi.org/10.1108/09604520810859184

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

Copyright © 2008, Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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