Publication type: Article in scientific journal
Type of review: Peer review (publication)
Title: Relationship value in outsourced FM services : value dimensions and drivers
Authors: Cui, Ying Ying
Coenen, Christian
DOI: 10.1108/F-01-2014-0011
Published in: Facilities
Volume(Issue): 34
Issue: 1/2
Page(s): 43
Pages to: 68
Issue Date: 2016
Publisher / Ed. Institution: Emerald
Publisher / Ed. Institution: Bingley
ISSN: 0263-2772
Language: English
Subjects: Value; Facility management; Relationship management
Subject (DDC): 658.2: Facility Management
Abstract: Purpose: The study examines the relation between relationship value and relationship quality in the business relationship between customers and facility management (FM) suppliers. To investigate the relationship value in outsourced FM services, the customer’s perspective is used to identify the dimensions and drivers of relationship value. Design/methodology/approach: A three-stage research design was used. The first stage was a thorough literature review, followed by expert interviews with six senior managers from the customer side, together with workshop and discussion with FM academics. In the third stage, quantitative data was gathered in a survey of 60 senior managers whose companies outsource FM services. Findings: The findings show that relationship value is an antecedent to relationship quality of the business relationship in the context of FM. Nine dimensions and 34 drivers of relationship value were identified and a framework of relationship value for FM was established and measured. The sacrifice dimension correlates positively with relationship value, which contrasts with previous studies of relationship value in the context of business markets. Research limitations/implications: A framework of relationship value has been established for further in-depth investigation. There are limitations related to the sampling procedure: qualitative research selected large-sized organizations, the relationship value was only studied within the customer-FM supplier dyad, and a static view of customers’ perceived value from the relationship with their FM suppliers. Practical implications: The study provides a set of value dimensions and drivers for customers to assess how a FM supplier adds value in a relationship, and for FM suppliers to improve their services. Originality/value: This research narrowed the gap in relationship-value studies in FM. The findings can contribute to traditional theory that customer value can be the add-on between benefits (“what you get”) and sacrifices (“what you give”), rather than just a trade-off between these two dimensions.
Fulltext version: Published version
License (according to publishing contract): Licence according to publishing contract
Departement: Life Sciences and Facility Management
Organisational Unit: Institute of Facility Management (IFM)
Appears in collections:Publikationen Life Sciences und Facility Management

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Cui, Y. Y., & Coenen, C. (2016). Relationship value in outsourced FM services : value dimensions and drivers. Facilities, 34(1/2), 43–68.
Cui, Y.Y. and Coenen, C. (2016) ‘Relationship value in outsourced FM services : value dimensions and drivers’, Facilities, 34(1/2), pp. 43–68. Available at:
Y. Y. Cui and C. Coenen, “Relationship value in outsourced FM services : value dimensions and drivers,” Facilities, vol. 34, no. 1/2, pp. 43–68, 2016, doi: 10.1108/F-01-2014-0011.
CUI, Ying Ying und Christian COENEN, 2016. Relationship value in outsourced FM services : value dimensions and drivers. Facilities. 2016. Bd. 34, Nr. 1/2, S. 43–68. DOI 10.1108/F-01-2014-0011
Cui, Ying Ying, and Christian Coenen. 2016. “Relationship Value in Outsourced FM Services : Value Dimensions and Drivers.” Facilities 34 (1/2): 43–68.
Cui, Ying Ying, and Christian Coenen. “Relationship Value in Outsourced FM Services : Value Dimensions and Drivers.” Facilities, vol. 34, no. 1/2, 2016, pp. 43–68,

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