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Text clustering and summary techniques for CRM message management

Dmitri Roussinov (School of Accountancy and Information Management, SAIM, College of Business, Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona, USA)
J. Leon Zhao (Department of MIS, Eller College of Business and Public Administration, University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona, USA)

Journal of Enterprise Information Management

ISSN: 1741-0398

Article publication date: 1 December 2004



One of customer relationship management (CRM) activities involves soliciting customer feedback on product and service quality and the resolution of customer complaints. Inevitably, companies must deal with large number of CRM messages from their customers either through e‐mails or from work logs. Going through those messages is an important but tedious task for managers or CRM specialists in order to make strategic plans on where to place the resources to achieve better CRM results. In this paper, we present a methodology for making sense out of CRM messages based on text clustering and summary techniques. The unique features of CRM messages are the short message length and frequent availability of correlated CRM ratings. We propose several novel techniques including organizational concept space, Web mining of similarity relationships between concepts, and correlated analysis of text and ratings. We have tested the basic concepts and techniques of CRM Sense Maker in a business setting where customer surveys are used to set strategic directions in customer services.



Roussinov, D. and Leon Zhao, J. (2004), "Text clustering and summary techniques for CRM message management", Journal of Enterprise Information Management, Vol. 17 No. 6, pp. 424-429.



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