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Different actors' roles in small companies service innovation
Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013), Service Research Center. (CTF/SAMOT)
2014 (English)In: Journal of Services Marketing, ISSN 0887-6045, E-ISSN 0887-6045, ISSN 0887-6045, Vol. 28, no 7, 547-557 p.Article in journal (Refereed) PublishedText
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Purpose-The purpose of the study is to create an initial understanding of how various internal and external actors contribute to the development of new services based on the research question considering "which different actor takes part in small companies' service development processes in order giving access to the resources needed and what roles do they play?" Design/methodology/approach-Due to the lack of previous studies within the area, the focus in this study has been to use a qualitative method to reach a deeper insight about how small companies' service development could be described, as seen from an actor's perspective. Findings-Based on the empirical analysis, the study identifies seven main categories of actors who were involved in the service-development process that contributes with different types of resources and their role varies during the development process. The actors and their roles are presented in a model giving initial understanding how various internal and external actors contribute to the development of new services. Research limitations/implications-Using a qualitative approach, the research results may lack generalizability. Instead, the findings should be seen as an initial starting point for further studies. Practical implications-The paper's highlight a number of actor roles that need to be handled to create possibilities for small companies' service development. Originality/value-The paper fills a research gap in the service innovation research. Traditionally, this research has been focused on larger companies, with a focus on what happens inside the companies.

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited, 2014. Vol. 28, no 7, 547-557 p.
Keyword [en]
Service innovation, Network, Small companies
National Category
Business Administration
Research subject
Business Administration
URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-41577DOI: 10.1108/JSM-04-2013-0082ISI: 000345149300003OAI: diva2:923085
Available from: 2016-04-25 Created: 2016-04-11 Last updated: 2016-04-29Bibliographically approved

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