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Service development: Modelling influencing factors by employing the Norwegian Coastal Voyage (Hurtigruten) as a case
 

Hugo Skaalsvik 1* and Jon-Arild Johannessen 2


Received: 14/02/2012 Accepted: 02/11/2012



1 Department 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
2 Oslo School of Management, Oslo, Norway, and Harstad University College, Harstad, Norway
* Corresponding author


Abstract


This paper reports research on a service development study carried out on the prestigious Norwegian Coastal Voyage (NCV), also known as the Hurtigruten, which is the brand name. The primary research instrument employed in the research was in-depth interviews with service managers and service personnel employed on the Hurtigruten. This paper reports on findings on influencing factors to service development and suggests how the identified factors influence service development on the Hurtigruten. A model is suggested that depicts these factors, which are grouped into company internal, company external and system factors. The study advances the knowledge field of service development particularly relevant for a high-contact service such as a cruise operation.

 

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Keywords: service development, service innovation, qualitative research, case study research, Norwegian Coastal Voyage (NCV), Hurtigruten

Citation: Skaalsvik, H. & Johannessen, J.-A. (2013). Service development: Modelling influencing factors by employing the Norwegian Coastal Voyage (Hurtigruten) as a case. European Journal of Tourism Research 6(1), 53-73.

 

 
European Journal of Тourism Research