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Customer value in legal services : a contingency approach

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Customer value in legal services : a contingency approach

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Purpose
Due to the recent economic crisis, competition has considerably increased in the legal profession in
the Netherlands. However, marketing in legal services is mostly in its infancy and value research in
this context is scarce. We therefore used a contingency approach in exploring the origin of customer
value and the association with loyal behaviour in legal services for small and medium enterprises
(SMEs).
Methodology
Because professional services are effectively provided by means of a relationship, the emergence of
value was studied in the interaction between lawyers and clients in an explorative way, by means of a
case study: in-depth interviews with ten lawyers and ten SMEs led to provider and client perspectives
on value driving in twenty-eight legal cases. The underlying research model was based on the Service
logic for marketing (e.g. Grönroos and Voima, 2013), which proposes that interaction is conditional
for the emergence of value.
Findings
We assumed that value could only derive from the interaction during the service encounter. Field
findings however, confirmed that previous, current and anticipated service experiences influences
value. Due to the credential character of legal services, antecedent recommendation of others and the
track record of lawyers, for example, are also important value drivers. The relational value perspective
appears to be insufficient in analysing the emergence of value in credence services, because value
drivers outside the joint sphere help clients to reduce perceived purchase risks.
Originality
Our study enriches the limited literature and offers a more holistic understanding of the origin of value
in credential contexts like legal services. Our findings agree not only with insights from the Service
logic (e.g. Grönroos and Voima, 2013) but also from the Customer-dominant logic (e.g. Heinonen et
al., 2013).

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OrganisatieHogeschool Utrecht
AfdelingKenniscentrum Innovatie en Business
Kenniscentrum Digital Business & Media
LectoraatMarketing & Customer Experience
Jaar2014
TypeConferentiebijdrage
TaalEngels

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