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Smart service experience in hospitality and tourism services: A conceptualization and future research agenda

Sertan Kabadayi (Department of Marketing, Fordham University, New York, New York, USA)
Faizan Ali (College of Hospitality and Tourism Leadership, University of South Florida – Sarasota-Manatee, Sarasota, Florida, USA)
Hyeyoon Choi (Department of Human and Consumer Sciences, Ohio University, Athens, Ohio, USA)
Herm Joosten (Institute for Management Research, Nijmegen School of Management, Radboud University Nijmegen, Nijmegen, The Netherlands)
Can Lu (Department of Human Sciences, The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, USA)

Journal of Service Management

ISSN: 1757-5818

Article publication date: 3 June 2019

Issue publication date: 8 August 2019

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to offer a discussion, definition and comprehensive conceptualization of the smart service experience, i.e. the way guests and customers in hospitality and tourism experience and value the use of personalized and pro-active services that the intelligent use of data and technology enable.

Design/methodology/approach

Based on prior research on service experience, smart services and the differences between regular and smart services, this paper develops a conceptual framework in which the smart service experience is the central construct.

Findings

The characteristics of smart services (the intelligent, anticipatory, and adaptable use of data and technology) permit customers to experience services that previous conceptualizations of the service experience could not capture. The smart service experience provides empowerment, a seamless experience, enjoyment, privacy and security, and accurate service delivery. The paper also discusses challenges that service firms face in employing smart services, and proposes a future research agenda.

Practical implications

Both academics and practitioners expect smart services to revolutionize many industries such as tourism and hospitality. Therefore, research is needed to help understand the way customers experience smart services, what values they derive from them and the way service firms can employ them sensibly to enhance customers’ experiences.

Originality/value

This paper synthesizes insights from the literature on customer experience, smart services and co-creation into a conceptualization of the smart service experience, and distinguishes it from previous conceptualizations of regular services.

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Citation

Kabadayi, S., Ali, F., Choi, H., Joosten, H. and Lu, C. (2019), "Smart service experience in hospitality and tourism services: A conceptualization and future research agenda", Journal of Service Management, Vol. 30 No. 3, pp. 326-348. https://doi.org/10.1108/JOSM-11-2018-0377

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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