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Why service recovery fails: A case study on the Norwegian Coastal Voyage (Hurtigruten)

Hugo Skaalsvik 1*

Received: 08/12/2011 Accepted: 22/04/2012


1Department of Business Administration and Social Sciences, Harstad University College, Havnegata 5-7, 9480 Harstad, Norway, e-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
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This paper deals with a service recovery study carried out on the prestigious Norwegian Coastal Voyage (NCV) or the Hurtigruten, which is the brand name. The research is based on a collection of 51 service failure incidents, of which 16 were recovered by the service provider. However, 35 service failure incidents were not recovered, and the paper documents why service recovery failed in these cases on the Hurtigruten. The findings show that the service actors, the service leadership due to lack of service competencies, the service employees due to lack of knowledge, skills and empowerment, and the customers themselves due to their own attitudes and behaviours explain why service recovery failed.


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Keywords: service recovery, service failures, qualitative research, the Norwegian Coastal Voyage, Hurtigruten
Citation: Skaalsvik, H. (2012) Why service recovery fails: A case study on the Norwegian Coastal Voyage (Hurtigruten). European Journal of Tourism Research 5(2), pp. 129-152

European Journal of Тourism Research