2 Learning ObjectivesUse the service encounter triad to describe a service firm’s delivery process.Describe features of an organization’s culture.Discuss how information technology is an enabler of employee empowerment.Prepare abstract questions and write situational vignettes.Discuss the role of customer as coproducer.Discuss the concept of a service profit chain.
3 The Service Encounter Triad OrganizationEfficiencyversusautonomyEfficiencyversussatisfactionContactPersonnelCustomerPerceivedcontrol
4 Definitions of Culture Schwartz and Davis (1981) - Culture is a pattern of beliefs and expectations shared by the organization’s members.Mintzberg (1989) - Culture is the traditions and beliefs of an organization that distinguish it from others.Hoy and Miskel (1991) - Culture is shared orientations that hold the unit together and give a distinctive identity.
5 The Service Organization Culture ServiceMaster (Service to the Master) Disney (Choice of language)Empowerment Invest in people Use IT to enable personnel Recruitment and training critical Pay for performance
6 Contact PersonnelSelection 1. Abstract Questioning 2. Situational Vignette 3. Role PlayingTraining Unrealistic customer expectations Unexpected service failure
7 Difficult Interactions with Customers Unrealistic customer expectations Unexpected service failure1. Unreasonable demands Unavailable service2. Demands against policies Slow performance3. Unacceptable treatment of Unacceptable serviceemployees4. Drunkenness5. Breaking of societal norms6. Special-needs customersUse scripts to train for proper response
8 The CustomerExpectations and Attitudes Economizing customer Ethical customer Personalizing customer Convenience customerCustomer as Co-Producer
9 Employee Perceptions of Customer Service at a Branch Bank OutstandingTerribleTerribleOutstanding
10 Service Profit Chain Internal quality drives employee satisfaction Employee satisfaction drives retention and productivityEmployee retention and productivity drives service value.Service value drives customer satisfaction.Customer satisfaction drives customer loyalty.Customer loyalty drives profitability and growth.
11 AMY’S ICE CREAM Abstract Questions What was your most rewarding past experience and why?What are you looking for in your next job?What have you done in the past to irritate a customer?What flavor of ice cream best describes your personality?
12 AMY’S ICE CREAM Situational Vignette A particular customer has the irritating habit of always showing up about two minutes before closing and staying late. Often this occurs on the night when weekly store meeting are held after closing time. This delays starting the meeting and furthermore employees are on the clock waiting for the customer to leave. What would you do?
13 AMY’S ICE CREAM Situational Vignette As a new employee at a busy store, you have been routinely performing clean-up tasks (garbage removal and restroom cleaning). Company policy dictates that these are tasks to be shared. It has become clear that two employees consistently avoid these jobs in favor of more pleasant duties. How would you handle this situation?