Publication Date

2000

Abstract

This study presents an empirical snapshot of management challenges among different types of service industries (Service Factory, Service Shop, Mass Service, and Professional Service). Based on data collected (sample size = 273; response rate 97.5 percent) from the managers of four services (Fast Food, Auto Repair, Retail Sales, Legal Services) we show how management challenges change with customer contact/customization and labour intensity. These results have important implications for understanding “real life'' service operations, for process improvement, and for service design.

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© Emerald. DOI: 10.1108/09564230010276924. Final version published as: Verma, R. (2000). An empirical analysis of management challenges in service factories, service shops, mass services and professional services. International Journal of Service Industry Management, 11(1), 8-25. Reprinted with permission. All rights reserved.