Values-based Service for Sustainable Business

Lessons from IKEA

By Bo Edvardsson, Bo Enquist

© 2009 – Routledge

144 pages | 4 B/W Illus.

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About the Book

The role of values in developing and managing service companies has been under researched in the existing literature - until now. This book analyzes a large organization (IKEA) as a basis for values based service for sustainable business.

The authors provide an overview of the history of IKEA and the social and environmental perspectives that have acted as driving forces for creating economic value. They go on to develop values-based service thinking within the areas of service experience, service brand, and service leadership. The book concludes by comparing IKEA to other values-based service companies (such as Starbucks, H&M, and Body Shop); from these reflections, the book presents the key principles for a sustainable, values-based service business.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction, 2. Sustainable Business Embedded in History and Heritage, 3. Values Based Service, 4. Values-Based Service Experience, 5. Values-Based Service Brands and Marketing Communication, 6. Values-Based Service Leadership, 7. Values-Based Sustainable Service Business

About the Authors

Bo Edvardsson is professor and Director of CTF-Service Research Center at Karlstad University, Sweden.

Bo Enquist is associate professor at CTF-Service Research Center at Karlstad University, Sweden.

About the Series

Routledge Studies in Management, Organizations and Society

Management, Organizations and Society represents innovative work grounded in new realities; addressing issues crucial to an understanding of the contemporary world. This is the world of organized societies, where boundaries between formal and informal, public and private, local and global organizations have been displaced or vanished along with other nineteenth century dichotomies and oppositions. Management, apart from becoming a specialised profession for a growing number of people, is an everyday activity for most members of modern societies. Management, Organizations and Society will address these contemporary dynamics of transformation in a manner that transcends disciplinary boundaries, with work which will appeal to researchers, students and practitioners alike.

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