Service Customization through Dramaturgy
Posted: 18 Aug 2009
Date Written: August 5, 2009
The customization of a service often depends on the “performance” delivered by front-stage service employees. Drawing on the theory of dramaturgy and service marketing, we present a typology identifying four distinct and viable configurations for achieving different types of service customization. We explain how variations in the time pressure to customize a service and the degree of customization required, combine to determine the characteristics and fit of each configuration. With service organizations increasingly operating on a global basis, we discuss the fit between the preferences of different multicultural segments, the operational characteristics of a configuration and the level of customization offered.
Keywords: Service operations, customization, typology, configurations, dramaturgy, scripts, improvisation
JEL Classification: M10, M11
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