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Winning the Service Game Hardcover – Feb 21 1995


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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Ryerson Agency; 1 edition (Feb. 21 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0875845703
  • ISBN-13: 978-0875845708
  • Product Dimensions: 24.2 x 16.2 x 3.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 603 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,097,284 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From Publishers Weekly

Looking for competitive advantages, service businesses seek to provide "seamless service" to consumers, a goal often undermined by employee indifference and independence, reliance on outmoded industrial management policies and mindless bureaucracies, according to the authors. How can firms create effective service cultures and customer partnerships? Drawing on numerous case studies (the Disney parks, the Florida Marlins) and 53 guidelines, Schneider, professor of psychology at the Univ. of Maryland, and Bowen, associate professor of management at Arizona State, argue that companies must refocus their procedures to meet today's customer expectations, develop innovative organizational structures and train and motivate employees to forge "an unbeatable combination across the organization's customer, boundary, and coordination tiers." A no-nonsense guide interspersed with tips for service firms. Illustrations.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Schneider and Bowen, university professors of psychology and management, respectively, combine theories of human resources, marketing, and management in this practical, timely, how-to guide to competing successfully in service operations. They take a holistic approach to their discussion, presenting more than 50 "rules" of the service game that companies must address simultaneously in order to achieve success. These rules cover such areas as focusing on the needs of the customer; using state-of-the-art practices in hiring, training, and rewarding employees; and adopting a "service logic" throughout the organization. The rules that Schneider and Bowen have come up with are not new or innovative; the value of the book lies in their integration. The authors use many examples from real companies to illustrate these principles. Recommended for both lay readers and specialists.
Gary W. White, Pennsylvania State Univ., Harrisburg
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Format: Hardcover
Ben Schneider has written a book of extraordinary value here. Having read several dozen service books, this one ranks with The Service Profit Chain, Call Center Management on Fast Forward and The Discipline of Market Leaders. As a psychologist, Schneider demonstrates a profound understanding of customer (and employee!) behavior. Some may criticize its mildly academic approach, but anyone who wants to get beyond the fluffy prose and jaded case studies of American-based service needs to read this book. Unlike so many publications today, this one cannot go out of date.
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I must say that I was quite dissapointed with the book. The book was stale and at times too disciptive. Perhaps, it was meant for students and not real world practictioners. However, to be fair, I am quite sure that both the authors are experts on the subject and would be great if they had written a more applicable / practical follow-up for us in the (service) game. Like I said, this would be a good text and that's about it.
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I am in the service business. Training people in service has been my job for many years. I have read dozens of books on service. However, this book presents a total shift in mind when speaking about service. We all have a lot yet to cover if we are committed to generate service excellence. Don't miss the opportunity. Ronen Ben-Naphtali (Israel)
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Service oriented managers MUST read this book! Dec 8 1998
By Ronenbn - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I am in the service business. Training people in service has been my job for many years. I have read dozens of books on service. However, this book presents a total shift in mind when speaking about service. We all have a lot yet to cover if we are committed to generate service excellence. Don't miss the opportunity. Ronen Ben-Naphtali (Israel)
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Brilliant - A Shining Star among Service Books Nov. 28 2001
By "olcc" - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Ben Schneider has written a book of extraordinary value here. Having read several dozen service books, this one ranks with The Service Profit Chain, Call Center Management on Fast Forward and The Discipline of Market Leaders. As a psychologist, Schneider demonstrates a profound understanding of customer (and employee!) behavior. Some may criticize its mildly academic approach, but anyone who wants to get beyond the fluffy prose and jaded case studies of American-based service needs to read this book. Unlike so many publications today, this one cannot go out of date.
3 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Not for practioners, but great for students Nov. 6 1999
By Victor Loh - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I must say that I was quite dissapointed with the book. The book was stale and at times too disciptive. Perhaps, it was meant for students and not real world practictioners. However, to be fair, I am quite sure that both the authors are experts on the subject and would be great if they had written a more applicable / practical follow-up for us in the (service) game. Like I said, this would be a good text and that's about it.


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