Service operation classification for risk management

Shafti, F., Bedford, T.J., Deleris, L., Hosking, J., Serban, N., Shen, H. and Walls, L.A. (2010) Service operation classification for risk management. IBM Journal of Research and Development, 54(3), 7:1-7:17. (doi:10.1147/JRD.2010.2046465)

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Abstract

We propose an empirical service-operation risk-classification model to provide managerial insights to service providers in terms of risk management. The model is developed through an investigation of the dependencies between the characteristics of service operations in consumer services and the broad classes of provider risk to which they are exposed. A survey of professional managers has been conducted in which respondents were asked to assess 30 service operations across six service dimensions and five factors representing provider risk. The data have been analyzed using statistical methods, in particular Bayesian network analysis and hierarchical clustering. The results indicate relationships between service operations, service dimensions, and risk factors. Due to the limited sample size, our findings should be regarded as preliminary. The proposed model should help determine the most relevant types of service risks based on the specific characteristics of the service provided and therefore help to develop risk mitigation strategies.

Item Type:Articles
Keywords:Service operations, risk management
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Shafti, Dr Farhad
Authors: Shafti, F., Bedford, T.J., Deleris, L., Hosking, J., Serban, N., Shen, H., and Walls, L.A.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > Adam Smith Business School > Management
Journal Name:IBM Journal of Research and Development
Publisher:IBM Corporation
ISSN:0018-8646
ISSN (Online):0018-8646

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