Improving professional service operations using action research: The case of legal services

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Abstract

This paper reports on a longitudinal action research project conducted over three years within a medium-sized law firm. The focus is on high volume/low variety service processes which are considered a breakaway from the widely agreed typology of professional service generally characterised by high degrees of customer contact, labour intensity and customisation. Using customer contact as the central theme, this paper explains how a particular high volume/low variety legal service has been redesigned using a novel soft systems based intervention embedded into action research methodology. This research led to identification of key success factors and delivered improvements to service.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2019
Event26th European Operations Management Association Conference 2019 - Helsinki, Finland
Duration: 17 Jun 201919 Jun 2019

Conference

Conference26th European Operations Management Association Conference 2019
Abbreviated titleEurOMA 2019
CountryFinland
CityHelsinki
Period17/06/1919/06/19

Keywords

  • professional service firms
  • Action Research
  • Soft Systems Methodology

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    Balthu, K. C., Clegg, B. T., & Morris, G. (Accepted/In press). Improving professional service operations using action research: The case of legal services. Paper presented at 26th European Operations Management Association Conference 2019, Helsinki, Finland.