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International Journal of Services Technology and Management

International Journal of Services Technology and Management (IJSTM)

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International Journal of Services Technology and Management (6 papers in press)

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  • Distinguishing aggregate air travel demand from air passenger volume in China: based on the partial adjustment theory   Order a copy of this article
    by Yingxiao Zhou, Peng Zhao 
    Abstract: Air travel demand estimation is vital for airlines and governmen
    Keywords: air travel demand estimation; air travel volume; partial adjustment theory.

  • Is Time-Constrained Promotion Actually Effective? The Moderating Role of Price Discounts and Previous Online Consumption Experience   Order a copy of this article
    by Jingbo Shao, Feisi Yao, Min Xie 
    Abstract: At present, time-constrained promotion is highly prevalent. However, it is not always as effective as it seems. We propose that contextual factors, including time constraints, price discounts and product price levels, as well as individual differences, such as previous online consumption experience, all have an impact on consumer purchase intentions. Specifically, time constraints influence consumer purchase intentions, and this effect is moderated by consumers previous online consumption experience. Additionally, consumer perceived value mediates the relationship between time constraints and purchase intentions, and price discounts moderate the first stage of this effect. Meanwhile, product price levels moderate both the main effect and the two interaction effects. Through two studies, we select one low-price-level product and one high-price-level product to test our hypotheses. Study 1 finds that for low-price-level products, rich previous online consumption experience weakens the impact of time constraints on purchase intentions. Additionally, implementing an overly deep price discount on low-price-level goods under time constraints causes consumers to perceive the product as a low-value product. Accordingly, in this situation, consumers may not want to purchase. Study 2 reveals that for high-price-level products, time constraints exert a stronger effect on consumer willingness to buy for consumers with abundant previous online consumption experience. In addition, time constraints accompanied by high price discounts make the product more attractive to consumers. For that good, they may enjoy high perceived value, and ultimately, their purchase intentions will be boosted. Academic and practical implications are discussed.
    Keywords: time-constrained promotion; time constraints; price discounts; consumers’ previous consumption experience; consumer perceived value; purchase intentions.

  • Service Development Process: An integrated perspective in developing a service process for e-commerce   Order a copy of this article
    by Sachin Jadhav, Pratul Kalita 
    Abstract: The prime inspiration of this study is strategic selection and integration of design methods for a service development process. Technological advancement and competitive business environments increased the selling of products and services over the internet. Thus, it is essential to build up knowledge of design-led approaches for academic and business organizers. Also, to develop a service process for obtaining new customer value and service innovation, a multi-perspective approach is required. Only a few existing researchers discussed this topic in the field of e-commerce. Aiming to bridge the gap, strategic management and engineering, design thinking, service design, and information system were adapted for developing a service process model in e-commerce. The proposed service development process model includes three phases, namely, the input phase, intermediate phase, and output phase. A practical case of domestic plumbing services in e-commerce was considered to demonstrate the effectiveness of the proposed service development process model. This study helps service providers, designers, developers, and project managers for developing service processes in e-commerce.
    Keywords: service development process; design thinking; design management; e-commerce; domestic plumbing.

  • Decision Support or Decision Making? The Critical Decision Roles of IS in Autonomous Vehicles   Order a copy of this article
    by Yu-Ju Tu, Shari Shang, Junyi Wu 
    Abstract: The era of autonomous vehicles has arrived. However, the relationship between information systems (IS) and the driving decisions of autonomous vehicles remains unclear. What decision roles do IS serve in driving autonomous vehicles? How do these roles influence the driving-decision quality of autonomous vehicles? To address this gap, we profile three major decision roles of IS in autonomous vehicles: decision maker, decision supporter, and decision operator. Our profiling is based on a process-oriented viewpoint that integrates several classical decision theories. We utilize a computational simulation and experiment approach to explore and compare the possible effects of IS roles on the decision quality of autonomous vehicles. Our main findings suggest that each IS role has its distinctive strengths and weaknesses because no single role can consistently dominate the others in generating the best decision quality.
    Keywords: autonomous vehicles; driving decision; decision quality; information systems.

  • Predicting a Model of Agile Supply Chain in the Service Provider Enterprises by Factor Analysis Method and Fuzzy Cognitive Map   Order a copy of this article
    by Roxana Fekri, Mehdi Ahmadi 
    Abstract: Organizations nowadays, face high competition and turbulent environment which have been intensified due to the technology innovations and changing needs of the customers. In such circumstances, the fastest way to adapt is being agile. The service provider organizations are not excluded from this rule. In this paper, with the purpose of predicting a conceptual model of the agile supply chain in the service provider enterprises, an extensive study was conducted in the literature and the factors affecting agility of the supply chain in the service provider organizations are identified. Then, the importance of each factor is examined through 100 questionnaires responded by the experts in the Iranian service providing enterprises. The eleven critical successfactors were derived from the exploratory factor analysis technique and finally, the causal relationships among these factors is studied by fuzzy cognitive mapping method and the conceptual model is explored. This model can help the service provider managers to make appropriate decisions based on the causal relationships between the critical success factors of agile supply chains to response more rapidly than their market competitors to the environmental turbulence.
    Keywords: Agility; Service Supply chain management; Fuzzy Cognitive mapping; Critical success factors; Service provider enterprise.

Special Issue on: LISS16-SIM Service Innovation and Management for Logistics and Supply Chains

  • Research on Risk Control of Vehicle Dynamic Logistics Alliance Based on SD and Evolutionary Game Model   Order a copy of this article
    by Mingbao Wang, Zhiping Du, Hong Duan 
    Abstract: Based on the evolutionary game theory and system dynamics theory, this paper analyzes the characteristics of vehicle logistics supply chain and vehicle dynamic logistics alliance system and the dynamic characteristics of system risk control, analyzes the internal risk control of vehicle dynamic logistics alliance. The evolutionary game model of two game agents under bounded rationality is established by taking the dynamic logistics alliance of two members as the research object. And uses the system dynamics theory, transforms the vehicle dynamic logistics alliance evolution game model into the system dynamics model. The model was simulated by Vensim software. Combined with the characteristics and advantages of the two methods to analyze what factors will promote cooperation between the two sides, what factors tend to make both sides appear egoistic breach of contract and thus affect the cooperation, what will trigger the situation of default. So as to provide reasonable suggestions for risk control of vehicle dynamic logistics alliance.
    Keywords: Vehicle logistics alliance; system dynamics; evolutionary game theory; risk control.