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Barriers to customer-orientation: a case applied and explained

Halliday, SV (2002) Barriers to customer-orientation: a case applied and explained European Journal of Marketing, 36 (1/2). pp. 136-158.

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Illustrates that a crucial dimension to any strategy to deliver customer-orientation is that of the organisation’s cultural dynamics. If these are ignored, implementation may well fail. Within the marketing discipline this issue is, however, usually only touched upon. Reports on a grounded study of the implementation of a customer-oriented policy at the customer interface. Nineteen pregnant women and 32 midwives were observed and questioned during a longitudinal study of perceptions of service quality in maternity care. A dynamic, explanatory model of organisational cultural issues is here used to analyse part of this empirical study. These findings indicate that organisational cultural issues form a barrier to creating a customer-oriented capability within midwifery. For, whilst the customer or pregnant woman is looking for time spent on personal reassurance, by being informed and guided, midwives are finding meaning and value from myths symbolising a “golden past” in the face of an unwelcome present and uncertain future. Discussion and analysis combine to enable managers and academics to transfer the essence of these findings to their own areas of management practice and research. In conclusion, proposals are made both for management action and for future research.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Surrey research (other units)
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Date : 2002
DOI : 10.1108/03090560210412737
Uncontrolled Keywords : Customer orientation, Health care, Organizational culture, Services marketing, Value
Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 16 May 2017 15:01
Last Modified : 24 Jan 2020 13:41

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