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Title: Managing Advertising Agency Client Partnerships for Value Co-Creation: Characteristics, Categories and Challenges
Authors: Díaz-Méndez, Montserrat
Saren, Michael A. J.
First Published: 3-Jul-2018
Publisher: SAGE Publications (UK and US)
Citation: Marketing Theory, 2018
Abstract: This paper examines the role and characteristics of professional client partners in the value cocreation process. Previous literature has studied the role of clients in the co-creation process however, the effects of different characteristics of clients on co-creation of value are less clear. This study examines these through a research design comprising depth multiple case studies of client relationships with professional service firms (PSFs). Empirical primary data was collected from in situ in-depth interviews with senior account managers in leading advertising agencies in Spain. Our initial results suggested that the type of clients and their characteristics was important for determining the potential and approach to managing their relationships for positive value creation. Further analysis identified key client characteristics and a classification of four types of clients: low involved novice clients, highly involved novice clients, controlconcerned expert clients and integration-concerned expert clients. We also found that not all client relationships resulted in positive value creation because some eventually produce detrimental or negative value consequence. We conceptualize this as the value depletion circle (VDC) and discuss the practical and theoretical implications of this phenomenon. Finally, alternative service relationships scenarios are described which can help institutions understand success and failure in their value creation relations and practices with clients and partners of different types. The contribution of this paper is threefold. First, it analyses theoretically the role of client in the service co-creation process. Second, our multi-case study develops a classification of PSF clients into four categories. Third, we explain how dealing with called complex clients may generate a vicious circle, the value depletion circle, which in the long run can seriously damage the sector image.
DOI Link: 10.1177/1470593118772214
ISSN: 1470-5931
eISSN: 1741-301X
Version: Post-print
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Journal Article
Rights: Copyright © 2018, SAGE Publications (UK and US). Deposited with reference to the publisher’s open access archiving policy.
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