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Management article
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Reference no. 78601
Authors: Richard B Chase
Published by: Harvard Business Publishing
Published in: "Harvard Business Review", 1978

Abstract

Service systems with high customer contact operate at a lower degree of efficiency than those with limited customer contact. Managers should separate high-contact and low-contact elements of a service system; separate groups of people should perform high- and low-contact activities. Implementation of these concepts will enhance the development of two contrasting classes of worker skills and orientations. It requires, however, answering questions concerning the company''s operating system, procedures and potential.

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Abstract

Service systems with high customer contact operate at a lower degree of efficiency than those with limited customer contact. Managers should separate high-contact and low-contact elements of a service system; separate groups of people should perform high- and low-contact activities. Implementation of these concepts will enhance the development of two contrasting classes of worker skills and orientations. It requires, however, answering questions concerning the company''s operating system, procedures and potential.

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