Gaining Competitive Advantage with Service-Dominant Logic

Author(s): Robert F. Lusch and Stephen L. Vargo

Excerpt from the Handbook of Business-to-Business Marketing (Edited by Gary L. Lilien, Distinguished Research Professor of Management Science, The Pennsylvania State University and Rajdeep Grewal, Kenan-Flagler Business School, University of North Carolina, US). Complete book available at https://www.e-elgar.com/shop/handbook-of-business-to-business-marketing.

In this chapter, an introduction to service-dominant (S-D) logic is provided and used as a platform to explain how firms can use this logic to develop strategies that provide them competitive advantage. A brief review of the foundational premises of S-D logic and the expanded view of resources upon which S-D logic is grounded is provided. This is used to discuss how firms can develop strategies centered on developing value propositions that offer service flows rather than tangible goods. This strategy is enhanced by an understanding of the service ecosystem the firm operates within and how to sense and respond in this system. Finally the importance of conversation and dialogue with other members of the service ecosystem is discussed.
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