A transformative value co-creation framework for online services

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Parkinson, J
Mulcahy, RF
Schuster, L
Taiminen, H
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2019
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Purpose: Online offerings for transformative services create value for consumers, although little research examines the process through which these services deliver this value. The purpose of this paper is to develop a comprehensive framework to capture the complexity of the co-creation of transformative value experienced by the consumers of online transformative services. Design/methodology/approach: This paper uses a netnography approach to examine longitudinal data from an online weight management program. In total, this research examines 15,304 posts from 3,149 users, including eight staff users. Findings: Consumers integrate a range of social support resources, from informational support to esteem support, which provide a range of benefits such as new ideas and self-efficacy that underpin the different types of value such as epistemic and personal value. The degree of co-created value differs across the consumption experience but culminates over time into transformative value. Research limitations/implications: The proposed framework may be useful beyond the weight management and online contexts; however, further work is required in a range of behavioral contexts and other modes of service delivery. Practical implications: By understanding the resources consumers integrate and value, co-created services can develop appropriate value propositions to assist in improving consumers’ well-being. Originality/value: This research provides a comprehensive framework of the transformative value co-creation process, extending on existing frameworks which examine either the process, value co-creation or the types of value co-created.

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Journal of Service Theory and Practice

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29

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3

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Marketing

Consumer behaviour

Political economy and social change

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Parkinson, J; Mulcahy, RF; Schuster, L; Taiminen, H, A transformative value co-creation framework for online services, Journal of Service Theory and Practice, 2019, 29 (3), pp. 353-374

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