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Reverse Exchange: Classifications for Public Service SCM

Aitken, James, Esain, A, Williams, S and Maneesh, K (2015) Reverse Exchange: Classifications for Public Service SCM Supply Chain Management – an International Journal, 21 (2). pp. 216-227.

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To identify reverse flows and exchanges that support public service provision. Reverse flow literature has focused on manufacturing based supply chains utilising the lens of exchange (Recovery, Reuse, Repair, Recycle) to gain performance improvement in product flows. Limited research is available to support an understanding of customer derived reverse exchange (RE) service processes. We contribute to the service literature through the development of RE antecedents; derive new and revised definitions and the supporting constructs of RE service processes.


This paper synthesises literature creating a framework of antecedents for RE. Antecedents reflect differences of service flow (level of service inseparability and ‘acting upon’). These antecedents are empirically tested within an illustrative pre-existing UK healthcare case study against the synthesised antecedents and existing RE definitions. Two teams of researchers reviewed the data generated from public service supply chain processes. Definitions of RE were either revised or derived from the empirical data by each team. Findings: The service concept of ‘acting upon’ for inseparable public service supply chain flows provides a basis for examining the existence of reverse flows and exchanges. Revised and new classifications to the RE model are proposed to stimulate contextual performance improvement and innovation in public service provision. Psychological utility is an additional feature to economic, environmental and social utility in public service RE. RE offers practitioners and academics a strategic operational competence to achieve improvement and innovation in public services and further advance this concept.


Extending the literature beyond the manufacturing derived RE concept to develop an understanding of the customer’s role in preserving and co-creating value in RE and flows in public service. New RE antecedents for public services, including the potential of psychological utility, are presented.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > Surrey Business School
Authors :
Esain, A
Williams, S
Maneesh, K
Date : 28 August 2015
DOI : 10.1108/SCM-01-2015-0041
Copyright Disclaimer : © Emerald Group Publishing Limited 2016. Published by Emerald Group Publishing Limited
Uncontrolled Keywords : Reverse Flow; Reverse Exchange; Public Service; Healthcare; ‘Acting upon’, Service Value.
Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 28 Mar 2017 10:55
Last Modified : 07 Mar 2019 10:21

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