We are an interdisciplinary, global team of researchers conducting a study to develop research priorities focused on service. The overarching goal of this effort is to help guide decisions and investments of academe, business, and government and spur research to advance the field of service globally.
In the first phase, we are working to develop a broad list of service research priorities that are the most important for service researchers to address in the coming years. This list is being developed based on 1) a review of recent publications in service journals that discuss service research priorities, 2) the results from a large scale analysis of global service trends identified through unsupervised machine learning and natural language processing, and 3) a global survey of service scholars and business professionals.
For the survey, we are seeking your input and invite you to contribute to this research effort by completing an online survey, which will take approximately 10 minutes. In this brief survey, we ask you to identify some of the key problems and opportunities confronting organizations, consumers, and/or society related to service(s) (e.g. retail, professional services, hospitality, health, public service, etc.) that service scholars need to address in the next 5-10 years. These could be at the local, national, and/or global level.
Your candid input will help us accomplish the following goals: (a) develop research priorities to galvanize service-related research and education around the world, (b) facilitate the establishment of public and private partnerships to solve critical service-related problems and harness service opportunities, and (c) form the basis of articles and presentations to further advance service scholarship and business practices. This includes a publication in the Journal of Service Research.
Please select the survey that best fits your career focus:
Scholar Survey — Service Research Priorities
Business Professional Survey — Service Research Priorities
We will be partnering with service centers from around the world to help identify the most critical and underresearched issues among the broader list of service research priorities identified that will become the focus of our service research priorities efforts. If you oversee a service-focused center and would like to participate in this research, please contact Amy Ostrom.
Marketing Department Chair PetSmart Chair in Services Leadership W. P. Carey School of Business Arizona State University, US
Accenture Professor of Marketing Carroll School of Management Boston College, USA
Associate Professor of Operations Management Carroll School of Management Boston College, USA
Anders Gustafsson Research Professor of Marketing BI Norwegian Business School Norway
Professor National Taiwan University, Taiwan
Janet R. McColl-Kennedy
Professor of Marketing The University of Queensland, Australia
Professor of Management Northern Illinois University USA
Marketing PhD Student W. P. Carey School of Business Arizona State
Summaries of the two waves of the study, 2010 and 2015 Service Research Priorities, are presented below.
2015 Service Research Priorities study results were published in Journal of Service Research paper entitled: Service Research Priorities in a Rapidly Changing Context (JSR, May 2015). In the paper, co-authors Amy L. Ostrom, A. Parasuraman, David Bowen, Lia Patricio and Christopher Voss, discuss 12 research-priority topics – and 80 related subtopics. With the input from 23 roundtable discussions with academic and industry participants at 19 service centers around the world, the authors identified the research-priority topics and subtopics, which consequently were prioritized by 334 service researchers from multiple disciplines and 37 countries in an online survey. Some of the key findings are spotlighted below:
2010 Service Research Priorities sought broad input from service-minded academics from around the world and in a variety of disciplines as well as service-focused business executives representing an array of industries and organizations. Through in-depth interviews, online surveys, and face-to-face presentations and sessions, the CSL secured input from 318 individuals including 204 academics from more than 15 disciplines and 32 countries and 96 business executives from 25 industries and 11 countries.
For more information about the 2010 project:
If you have questions or comments, please contact the CSL at 480-965-6201 or CSL@asu.edu.