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Identifying the basis of collaboration performance in facility service business

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Title:Identifying the basis of collaboration performance in facility service business
Author(s):Markku Heimbürger, (Department of Civil and Structural Engineering, Aalto University School of Engineering, Espoo, Finland), Perttu Dietrich, (Department of Environmental and Business Economics, University of Southern Denmark, Esbjerg, Denmark)
Citation:Markku Heimbürger, Perttu Dietrich, (2012) "Identifying the basis of collaboration performance in facility service business", Facilities, Vol. 30 Iss: 11/12, pp.504 - 516
Keywords:Customer relationship management, Customer services quality, Facility services, Inter-organizational collaboration, Organizational performance, Service business, Supplier relationship management, Value co-creation
Article type:Research paper
DOI:10.1108/02632771211252333 (Permanent URL)
Publisher:Emerald Group Publishing Limited

Purpose – The focus in the facility service business has traditionally been on operative level outcomes such as customer satisfaction and technical quality. These measures do not support business relationship management and co-creative development. The article aims to propose a comprehensive theoretical framework to evaluate, develop, monitor and manage the collaborative business relation from both customer and service provider perspectives to co-create mutual value.

Design/methodology/approach – The theoretical framework for collaboration performance measurement is developed through empirical study of seven dyadic facility service procurement cases. Empirical study included 62 interviews of managers involved in relationship management on strategic, tactical and operative levels in both customer and service provider organizations.

Findings – The empirical study resulted following 13 measurement areas that indicate the collaboration performance in facility service procurement relation: customer benefits, supplier benefits, collaboration efficiency, operational fluency, conflicts recovery, flexibility and adaptability, execution capability, trust, actor incentive alignment, goal alignment and shared vision, strategic integrity, learning and development capability and uncertainty management. The article focuses on presenting the measurement areas of relational collaboration performance and discusses on their implications to performance measurement and management. Through this article the aim is to induce discussion on collaboration performance measurement and management, and challenge the colleague researchers and practitioners in the industry to comment and complement the proposed framework.

Research limitations/implications – The results of the study introduce a new concept of collaboration performance and provide valuable and novel insight on related elements. The theoretical framework derived in this study is based on empirical data from facility services business and its suitability to a wider organizational context is not tested empirically in this study.

Practical implications – The framework identified provides to both practitioners and researchers with an expanded viewpoint to measure and manage collaboration performance from both the service provider and customer sides.

Originality/value – The article proposes a new concept of collaboration performance and comprehensive theoretical framework for collaboration performance measurement and management.

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