Innovating Services Through Experiences: An Investigation of Servicescape’s Pivotal Role

  • Antonella CarùEmail author
  • Laura Colm
  • Bernard Cova
Part of the Translational Systems Sciences book series (TSS, volume 6)


Customer experience has become one of the greatest challenges for companies: this tendency is also present in services, where innovation is often a way to impact customer experiences. After a brief review of the literature on service innovation and on customer experience with regard to studies on the services, this chapter focuses on the servicescape as a platform able to support activities and interactions with customers and analyzes the role that innovative servicescapes can play on customer experience. Based on a three case vignettes analysis, the chapter identifies three main findings. The first is related to the dynamic nature of service experience and consequently to the need for a continuous improvement of servicescapes by understanding the evolving customer needs. The second is linked to the “container” in which the service experience takes place – the servicescape – that is becoming “content” itself. The third concerns the role of technology, with respect both to service providers and service customers.


Customer experience Service innovation Servicescape Service design 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Marketing DepartmentBocconi UniversityMilanItaly
  2. 2.Marketing DepartmentUniversität StuttgartStuttgartGermany
  3. 3.Marketing DepartmentKedge Business SchoolMarseilleFrance

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