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Coordinating Service Provision in Dynamic Service Settings: A Position-practice Relations Perspective

Aristidou, A; Barrett, M; (2018) Coordinating Service Provision in Dynamic Service Settings: A Position-practice Relations Perspective. Academy of Management Journal , 61 (2) pp. 685-714. 10.5465/amj.2015.0310. Green open access

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Abstract

How is continuity of service provision supported in dynamic service settings (DSS) when interactions span space and time, and are being increasingly infused by technology? We explored this question through our 18-month qualitative study of the DSS of UK mental health. We found that the pattern of interaction that emerges is constantly reconfigured through processes of spanning time, stretching space, and through distributed agency. Further, we found that service provision does not only occur among work roles with clear (cross)organizational links but also through diverse interaction among current customers and their friends, as well as customer-to-customer interactions. We characterize such service provision which is not anchored to any service organization as being extraorganizational. Further, we highlight the importance of the history of interactions and how trust built through diverse interactions in the past may influence trust building in current interactions. To explain our findings we introduce the concepts of “position-practices” and position-practice relations (PPR) to theorize how diverse interactions among dispersed actors contribute to service provision continuity in DSS. We develop a conceptual process model which identifies processes of spanning time, and the stretching of space by which the PPR web of service provision is dynamically reconfigured, and identify consequences for both our case as well as other dynamic service settings.

Type: Article
Title: Coordinating Service Provision in Dynamic Service Settings: A Position-practice Relations Perspective
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.5465/amj.2015.0310
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.5465/amj.2015.0310
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science > UCL School of Management
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10098622
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