A Service Climate Synthesis and Future Research Agenda

David E. Bowen, Benjamin Schneider

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    Theory and research on service climate are synthesized, and an extensive agenda for future research is proposed. The service climate construct is first differentiated from conceptually related but distinct constructs, such as job satisfaction, service culture, and service orientation. Then a framework is presented based on prior research that displays service climate's antecedents and consequences and the linkages among them. The synthesis draws heavily upon organizational behavior/human resource management (OB/HRM), but service climate has also received significant interdisciplinary attention. In particular, past work has integrated OB/HRM's focus on the internal organization and marketing's focus on the external world of the customer. The future research agenda includes further specification of the framework's variables and linkages (e.g., the relative roles of individual and contextual attributes in creating service climate) as well as recommended research methods (e.g., profile analysis to assess interactions among multiple climates in a setting). Finally, the utility of the service climate framework for analyzing four key issues in service management is demonstrated: service infusion in manufacturing; the cocreation of value; sustainable competitive advantage; and the fostering of additional interdisciplinary research.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)5-22
    Number of pages18
    JournalJournal of Service Research
    Volume17
    Issue number1
    DOIs
    StatePublished - Feb 2014

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    climate
    Job satisfaction
    Human resource management
    Marketing
    Specifications
    Service climate
    Research agenda
    organizational behavior
    human resource management
    interdisciplinary research
    job satisfaction
    research method
    manufacturing
    marketing
    customer
    organization
    interaction
    management
    Linkage
    Values

    Keywords

    • customer experiences
    • interdisciplinary research
    • linkage research
    • service climate
    • service quality

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management
    • Information Systems
    • Sociology and Political Science

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    A Service Climate Synthesis and Future Research Agenda. / Bowen, David E.; Schneider, Benjamin.

    In: Journal of Service Research, Vol. 17, No. 1, 02.2014, p. 5-22.

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    Bowen, David E. ; Schneider, Benjamin. / A Service Climate Synthesis and Future Research Agenda. In: Journal of Service Research. 2014 ; Vol. 17, No. 1. pp. 5-22.
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