Journal article

Frontline knowledge networks in open collaboration models for service innovations

Ozlem Ozkok, Simon J Bell, Jagdip Singh, Kwanghui Lim

AMS Review | Springer Science and Business Media LLC | Published : 2019

Abstract

Service organizations often view customer-facing or frontline employees (FLEs) as sources of inimitable knowledge valuable for innovation. This is due to the experiential nature of service and subtle qualities of engaging customer interactions. Yet, organizations face significant challenges while leveraging the knowledge of their FLEs to develop service innovations. Drawing upon the open innovation and social network literatures, we theorize the role of FLE networks, and the degree to which these networks enable the flow of distinct content for realizing effective service innovation. Specifically, we conceptualize a taxonomy of network domains—connecting customer- and internal-facing employe..

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