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Herbjørn Nysveen and Per Kristensson

Innovation resistance is a major barrier for innovation diffusion. The chapter discusses how trusting beliefs can soften innovation resistance. Based on existing research the authors present some general sources of innovation resistance related to passive barriers (individual factors and situational factors) and active barriers (innovation-specific factors). They then discuss how trusting beliefs – ability, benevolence and integrity – in various ways can soften these barriers and increase the chance of innovation diffusion.

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Per Kristensson, Herbjørn Nysveen and Helge Thorbjørnsen

The chapter focuses on why customers do and do not switch. Switching is when a customer leaves a service provider for another one. The research presented looks at how customers perceive equity-related aspects, such as economic fairness, on the one hand, and more psychological determinants, such as cognitive and affective aspects, on the other hand. A review of the literature shows why customers sometimes switch and highlights the need to identify and understand how barriers and triggers affect them in this sense. By understanding barriers and triggers, switching processes are either facilitated or stifled and thus affect the likelihood of a customer adopting a new service innovation or not.

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Bo Edvardsson, Anders Gustafsson and Per Kristensson

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Bo Edvardsson, Anders Gustafsson, Per Kristensson, Bard Tronvoll and Lars Witell