E-commerce service failure and recovery

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This paper critically reviews existing literature on e-commerce service failure and recovery with an objective to determine the current state of research in this relatively new business context and propose an agenda for research to tackle important under-researched themes.

The systematic literature review method highlights and synthesizes the most important issues in e-commerce service failure and recovery.

The review found two major themes around perspectives of customers and operations. The former includes issues of justice, ethics, and the customer’s familiarity and history with a service provider. The latter included issues of e-commerce service design incorporating failure, fair and equitable compensation, and product returns.

Research limitations/implications
This paper is a systematic literature review with no empirical study or findings.

Practical implications
The proposed research agenda should provide practical implications for practitioners to consider and validate the themes emerging from the systematic literature review.

Social implications
The findings synthesize customer and operational perspectives to service failure and recovery initiatives. The proposed follow-on research provides a better understanding of how practitioners might address these perspectives to enhance the customer experience.

This paper’s systematic literature review contributes by synthesizing e-commerce service failure and recovery, which is an under-researched topic, for better understanding.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationNOFOMA 2017 The 29th NOFOMA Conference : Grand Challenges
EditorsDaniel Hellström, Joakim Kembro, Hajnalka Bodnar
Number of pages15
Place of PublicationLund
PublisherLund University
Publication date06.2017
ISBN (Print)978-91-7753-337-5
Publication statusPublished - 06.2017
MoE publication typeA4 Article in conference proceedings
Event2017 Annual Conference of Nordic Logistics Research Network (NOFOMA) - Lund University, Lund, Sweden
Duration: 08.06.201709.06.2017
Conference number: 29


  • 512 Business and Management
  • E-commerce
  • Online
  • Services
  • Service failure
  • Service recovery


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