Reverse use of customer data: implications for service-based business models
Article publication date: 7 October 2014
The purpose of this study is to explore and analyze the implications of reverse use of customer data for service-based business models. In their quest for competitive advantage, firms traditionally use customer data as resources to redesign and develop new products and services or identify the most profitable customers. However, in the shift from a goods-dominant logic toward customer value creation, the potential of customer data for the benefit of the customer, not just the firm, is an emerging, underexplored area of research.
Business model criteria and three service examples combine to uncover the implications of reverse use of customer data for service-based business models.
Implications of reverse use of customer data for service-based business models are identified and explored. Through reverse use of customer data, a firm can provide customers with additional resources and support customers’ value-creating processes. Accordingly, the firm can move beyond traditional exchanges, take a broader role in supporting customers’ value creation and diversify the value created by the customer through resource integration. The attention shifts from internal to external customer data usage; customer data transform from the firm’s resource to the customer’s, which facilitates the firm’s shift from selling goods to supporting customers’ value creation.
Reverse use of customer data represent a new emerging research phenomenon; their implications for service-based business models have not been explored.
Saarijärvi, H., Grönroos, C. and Kuusela, H. (2014), "Reverse use of customer data: implications for service-based business models", Journal of Services Marketing, Vol. 28 No. 7, pp. 529-537. https://doi.org/10.1108/JSM-05-2013-0111
Emerald Group Publishing Limited
Copyright © 2014, Emerald Group Publishing Limited