The Role of Consumer and Customer Journeys in Customer Experience Driven and Open Innovation
Journal of Open Innovation: Technology, Market, and Complexity 2021
Gundars Kokins, Anita Straujuma, Inga Lapiņa

Customer and Consumer Journeys, touchpoints and Consumer Goals have been widely discussed among Customer Experience theorists and practitioners, establishing that a hierarchical relationship between those exist. Customer Experience driven innovation evaluates opportunities mainly within touchpoints in Customer Journeys. However, there is still a gap in understanding how exactly those elements are interlinked and impact each other. This research article aims to create this understanding by answering three Research Questions: “To what extent, and how do Customer Journeys impact Consumer Journeys and vice versa?” and “Are touchpoints (including other actors) a sub-set of Consumer or Customer Journeys?” and “Where in the hierarchy should Customer Experience driven innovation opportunities be identified?” Phenomenological interviews with participants of the Cambridge Venture Camp 2021, organized as part of the ERASMUS+ programme of the European Union within Strategic partnerships for higher education were chosen for the research methodology. Grounded theory and open coding was used to interpret the collected data. In this article we demonstrate how Consumer Journeys impact Customer Journeys, and that Customer Journeys do not impact other journeys directly, but rather by adjusting the higher-order goals of the Consumer through the response to the stimuli in the touchpoints. A theoretical model is proposed that highlights the interconnectivity of the different experience elements, and how to interpret Customer Experience driven innovation within the hierarchy.

Atslēgas vārdi
Customer Experience; Customer Experience Driven Innovation; Open Innovation; Consumer Journey; Customer Journey

Kokins, G., Straujuma, A., Lapiņa, I. The Role of Consumer and Customer Journeys in Customer Experience Driven and Open Innovation. Journal of Open Innovation: Technology, Market, and Complexity, 2021, Vol. 7, No. 3, Article number 185. ISSN 2199-8531. Pieejams: doi:10.3390/joitmc7030185

Publikācijas valoda
English (en)
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