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Does the Experience really matter in B2B?: A Qualitative Study on Customer Experience Management in B2B
Jönköping University, Jönköping International Business School.
Jönköping University, Jönköping International Business School.
Jönköping University, Jönköping International Business School.
2019 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
Spelar upplevelsen någon roll i B2B? : En kvalitativ studie om hur B2B företag hanterar kundupplevelsen (Swedish)
Abstract [en]

Background:

The concept of Customer Experience Management (CEM) is growing as a marketing tool used in order to remain a competitive actor on the market. By designing a customer experience, companies are able to differentiate themselves by offering a holistic customer experience. 

                                                                                          

Problem:

The existing body of knowledge regarding CEM in the B2B setting is limited. However, recent studies have begun to examine the fact that the buying process in B2B does not only concern task related and rational decision-making criteria, but also that emotional consideration plays a part in the buying process. Additionally, during recent years the Office Space Interior Solutions (OSIS) companies have gone through the development from selling simple furniture to offering activity-based environments as well as using a profile as design companies. 

                                                                                          

Purpose:

The aim of this thesis is to create an understanding regarding how the phenomena of CEM is implemented within the B2B industry, more specifically Swedish OSIS companies within the regions of Småland and Västra Götaland.

                                                                                          

Method:

Through semi-structured interviews with four case companies that all are operating within the OSIS industry, qualitative data has been collected and analysed through a thematic analysis approach. The answers have later been revised through a conceptual framework that has been identified through a review of existing literature concerning CEM.

 

Result:

The findings suggested that OSIS companies do practice all the dimensions identified in the conceptual framework regarding customer experience and experience value. However, implementing the dimensions as a holistic experience design did not seem to be practiced by the companies. Finally, by providing a customer experience, OSIS companies are able to influence the purchase intentions, establish relationships and generate WOM which in turn can attract and retain customers.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2019. , p. 57
Keywords [en]
customer experience, customer experience management, CEM, customer experience in B2B
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Business Administration
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-44041ISRN: JU-IHH-FÖA-1-20190866OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hj-44041DiVA, id: diva2:1320420
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JIBS, Business Administration
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