The role of intimacy in service relationships: an exploration
Beetles, Andrea C. and Harris, Lloyd C.. (2010) The role of intimacy in service relationships: an exploration. Journal of Services Marketing, Vol.24 (No.5). pp. 347-358. ISSN 0887-6045Full text not available from this repository.
Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/08876041011060459
Purpose - Relationship marketing is now commonly acknowledged as an alternative marketing paradigm. However, despite the use of the relationship metaphor in marketing contexts for many years, recently there have been criticisms of this cross-fertilization of theory into consumer marketing contexts. The objectives of this paper are twofold. First, it attempts to explore and elucidate how consumers' assessments of the extent of intimacy between themselves and their service providers affect their interpretation of relational ties. A second aim is that it will generate insights into consumer attitudes towards relationship marketing.
Design/methodology/approach - Taking an exploratory approach and using qualitative methods to allow for depth of research, this paper uses 30 semi-structured interviews with consumers to investigate the role of intimacy in service relationships.
Findings - The findings reveal five forms of intimacy; no relationship, social intimacy, physical intimacy, emotional/psychological intimacy and sexual intimacy.
Research limitations/implications - This is a qualitative study, now that some insight of the relevance of intimacy in relationship marketing has been gained, testing a model of the framework using quantitative analysis in order to make wider assertions would be beneficial.
Practical implications - This paper demonstrates that organizations need to be able to facilitate multiple approaches to customers. They need to be able to allow customers to engage with them, should the customers wish to do so but also allow the customers to opt out of relational interactions.
Originality/value - Scant research has explored the role of intimacy in service relationships; this study addresses that gap in the literature.
|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Subjects:||H Social Sciences > HF Commerce|
|Divisions:||Faculty of Social Sciences > Warwick Business School|
|Journal or Publication Title:||Journal of Services Marketing|
|Publisher:||Emerald Group Publishing Ltd|
|Number of Pages:||11|
|Page Range:||pp. 347-358|
|Access rights to Published version:||Restricted or Subscription Access|
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