Transformative service research: An emerging subfield focused on service and well-being

Amy Ostrom, Daniele Mathras, Laurel Anderson

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25 Scopus citations


Consumers spend most of their lives co-creating and being affected, at least to some degree, by service, services, and service systems. From education and healthcare, to financial services and telecommunications, service processes, employees, organizations, and service systems can and do affect consumers in myriad ways that can ultimately influence their well-being (Anderson et al. 2013a). In the more than 30 years since the emergence and significant growth of the services marketing discipline (Brown et al. 1994), service research has focused significantly on understanding the drivers of service quality perceptions, customer satisfaction, loyalty, word of mouth, service recovery, and new service adoption, as well as factors related to service employees and their impact on consumers and the firm. However, service research has focused much less on how co-creating and co-producing service and being a participant in a service system influence consumer well-being. Although service-dominant logic (for example, Vargo and Lusch 2004; Vargo et al. 2010) has focused greater attention on customer roles, co-creation, and perceptions of value and there is clear recognition of the effect that the social context can have on customers’ experiences (for example, Edvardsson et al. 2011), we are lacking a systematic examination of how consumer experiences with service entities affect consumer well-being at the individual and collective level (Anderson et al. 2013a).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationHandbook of Service Marketing Research
PublisherEdward Elgar Publishing Ltd.
Number of pages23
ISBN (Electronic)9780857938855
ISBN (Print)9780857938848
StatePublished - Jan 1 2014

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Economics, Econometrics and Finance(all)
  • Business, Management and Accounting(all)


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