Antecedents and consequences of using information from customers involved in new service development

Pilar Carbonell (School of Administrative Studies, York University, Toronto, Canada)
Ana-Isabel Rodriguez-Escudero (Facultad de Ciencias Economicas y Empresariales, University of Valladolid, Valladolid, Spain)

Journal of Business & Industrial Marketing

ISSN: 0885-8624

Publication date: 28 January 2014

Abstract

Purpose

The current research aims to analyze antecedents and consequences of using the information provided by customers involved in new service development (NSD). It also seeks to examine the moderating effect of technological turbulence on the antecedents and consequences of information use.

Design/methodology/approach

Data were collected from service firms in a variety of industrial sectors. Unit of analysis was a NSD project in which current or potential customers were involved during its development process. A self-administered mail survey was used to collect the data. A total of 102 complete questionnaires were returned. The proposed model was tested using partial least squares.

Findings

The results indicate that the instrumental use of the information collected from customers involved in NSD can lead to higher service advantage and service newness and in turn to higher market performance. Findings reveal that higher recording and reviewing of information collected from customers involved in NSD result in greater use of the information during the NSD process. An important result is that under technologically turbulent environments, recording and reviewing information from customers involved in NSD is less likely to result in a higher instrumental use of such information. Finally, the authors' results show that when technological turbulence is high the instrumental use of information from customers involved in NSD has lower value for both service advantage and service newness.

Originality/value

Findings confirm the importance of customer involvement for NSD in a business context. Using the information from customers involved in NSD to resolve specific problems or make decisions regarding NSD projects can result in enhanced service performance. Moreover, information processing capabilities are key antecedents to instrumental information use. Finally, managers should be aware of the potential negative effect of technological turbulence.

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Citation

Carbonell, P. and Rodriguez-Escudero, A. (2014), "Antecedents and consequences of using information from customers involved in new service development", Journal of Business & Industrial Marketing, Vol. 29 No. 2, pp. 112-122. https://doi.org/10.1108/JBIM-04-2012-0071

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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