Characterizing Value as an Experience – Implications for Researchers and Managers

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Title: Characterizing Value as an Experience – Implications for Researchers and Managers
Author: Helkkula, Anu; Kelleher, Carol; Pihlström, Minna Hannele
Contributor: Hanken School of Economics, CERS - Centre for Relationship Marketing and Service Management, HelsinkiHanken School of Economics, Marketing, Helsinki
Citation: Helkkula , A , Kelleher , C & Pihlström , M H 2012 , ' Characterizing Value as an Experience – Implications for Researchers and Managers ' Journal of Service Research , vol 15 , no. 1 , pp. 59-75 . , 10.1177/1094670511426897
Belongs to series: Journal of Service Research
ISSN: 1094-6705
Abstract: Within contemporary discourse around Service Dominant (S-D) logic, phenomenologically (experientially) determined value has been placed at the center of value discussion. However, a systematic characterization of value in the experience has not been presented to date. In this paper, we outline four theoretical propositions that describe what value in the experience is, which we then illustrate using a narrative dataset. The propositions consider both lived and imaginary value experiences and posit that current service experiences are influenced by previous and anticipated service experiences. The paper contributes to the service literature by characterizing value in the experience as an ongoing, iterative circular process of individual and collective customer sense-making, as opposed to a linear, cognitive process restricted to isolated service encounters. We recommend that service researchers should consider the use of interpretive methodologies based on the four theoretical propositions outlined in order to better understand the many ways that service customers experience value in their lifeworld contexts, which extend well beyond the service organization’s zone of influence. Service managers should also consider how a richer understanding of past, current and imaginary value in the context in service customers’ individual lifeworld contexts might generate novel insights for service innovations. Key words: experience, phenomenology, value, service, narrative
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/37233
Date: 2012-02
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