Why e-Service Development is Different: A Literature Review
e-Service Journal, 8(1), 2-22, 2011.
37 Pages Posted: 18 Jul 2010 Last revised: 10 Aug 2014
Date Written: July 17, 2010
As the importance of services in our society increases, so does the importance of systematic approaches to develop these services – commonly termed New Service Development (NSD). An increasing proportion of services are now electronic services delivered over the Internet. The purpose of this article is to derive a set of key attributes that distinguish electronic from non-electronic services and their potential influence on NSD. These key attributes are then used as a framework for analyzing NSD literature with regards to their applicability for the development of electronic services. This analysis reveals several gaps in NSD research. In particular, current NSD methods are not well equipped to address the rapidly changing nature and specific cost structure found in electronic services. Current NSD methods are also not well suited to fully exploit the various advantages that electronic services offer over non-electronic counterparts, in particular, the transparent feedback generated by service usage and potentials for continuous improvement and rapid deployment of service changes.
Keywords: Electronic Service, e-Service, New Service Development, NSD, Literature Review
JEL Classification: L80
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