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Customer relationship management in call centers:the uneasy process of re(form)ing the subject through the ‘people-by-numbers’ approach

Alferoff, Catrina and Knights, David (2008) Customer relationship management in call centers:the uneasy process of re(form)ing the subject through the ‘people-by-numbers’ approach. Information and Organization, 18 (1). pp. 29-50. ISSN 1471-7727

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Abstract

Real-time technology has the capability of symbolising both customers and call center representatives (and the moment of interaction), purely by/as numbers, or forms. The pinnacle of this data processing is customer relationship management (CRM), where the digitised data is assembled so as to reproduce a mimetic model of the customer. This could be seen as a metamyth (Adams & Ingersoll, 1990) that, in its concealed appearance within corporate databases, seems to cuts loose from any critical inquiry. In this paper, we offer an embryonic form of such a critique through the analysis of a number of original call center case studies. It seeks to analyze the nature of abstraction at the heart of IT-based CRM practices, and the contradictions that such abstraction can foster.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Information and Organization
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Departments: Lancaster University Management School > Organisation, Work & Technology
ID Code: 64717
Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
Deposited On: 22 May 2013 10:19
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 21 Sep 2017 05:38
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/64717

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