An integrated service recovery process for service failures: insights from systematic review

Anwar, Sohail and Ozuem, Wilson ORCID logo ORCID: (2022) An integrated service recovery process for service failures: insights from systematic review. Qualitative Market Research: An International Journal, 25 (4).

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Purpose: This research conceptualizes service recovery process (SRPs) within pre-recovery, recovery and post-recovery. This study aims to provide a summary of factors and strategies with respect to SRPs. Also, this research highlights different responses by organizations to SRPs. These responses are synthesized in this research in the context of SRPs.

Design/methodology/approach: This study provides a systemic literature review that considers only studies that have been published within the past 11 years to highlight the different response options used today. This study only selected papers that are included in a rigorous review process such that they explicitly contribute towards practice, theory and policy.

Findings: The pre-recovery is about the awareness of the problem whereby communication between the customer and organization is initiated to resolve the issue, and it provides a critical foundation for the recovery expectations. The recovery phase concluded with either a satisfactory resolution of the problem or when the customer gives up on his/her query due to another failure of the organization. Post-recovery encompasses the period in which the recovery efforts have concluded, and the customers have now started to evaluate their experience of preceding phases. A major contribution of this study is that it provides a summary of factors and strategies with respect to SRPs.

Research limitations/implications: The managers of service-providing organization can use this synthesis to evaluate the response of their organization to different instances of service failures along SRPs. They can then modify their responses. Managers can also use this synthesis as part of an employee training programme to ensure wide coverage of potential responses of the organization following a failure of service.

Originality/value: This research then highlights different questions that can be explored in future studies regarding the various phases involved in SRPs. Finally, this research outlines the recommendations for businesses looking to benefit from adopting SRPs by also considering the related managerial implications. This study will provide a conceptual framework as to the future direction of the overall study through highlighting gaps of understanding related to SRPs.

Item Type: Article
Journal / Publication Title: Qualitative Market Research: An International Journal
Publisher: Emerald
ISSN: 1352-2752
Departments: Institute of Business, Industry and Leadership > Business
Depositing User: Anna Lupton
Date Deposited: 10 Aug 2022 08:34
Last Modified: 13 Jan 2024 13:46


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