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Klofsten, Oscar, 2021. A bank’s strategical positioning within the Green Sector for an increased customer satisfaction : a segmented kano analysis. Second cycle, A2E. Uppsala: SLU, Dept. of Economics

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Abstract

The major banks in Sweden are seen as confusingly similar to their customers. By taking a
behavioural focus, banks may understand how they can make themselves unique and increase their
customer satisfaction. Through increasing customer satisfaction, banks may be able to gain a
competitive advantage and consequently increase their profit. Previous studies have focused on
understanding how a bank’s products and services influence customer satisfaction. However, none
have investigated how a bank can increase their satisfaction towards customers in the green sector.
This study will fill this research gap by identifying how a bank can design its services towards
strategic customer segments in the green sector.
The application of a segmented Kano analysis is presented: 21 potential offerings were assessed
by a sample of 258 responses. The analysis indicates that the “people” category in the service
marketing mix has the highest customer satisfaction potential. That the bank’s personnel emphasise
a competence, genuine interest, engagement and understanding of the customers’ businesses. The
results clearly shows that if the customers feel understood and seen by the bank, the customer
satisfaction potential is high. The “price” service marketing mix category seem to have a relative
low customer satisfaction potential, however, the strength and customer dissatisfaction potential are
high. To match the competitors’ interest rate is therefore of importance, but to do more than
matching does not seem to affect customer satisfaction considerably.
This study indicates a strong heterogeneity between the investigated strategic customer
segments. Customers with a high entrepreneurial orientation are a sensitive segment with potential
for being both more satisfied and dissatisfied, depending how actively the bank work with the
desired offerings. Additionally highly entrepreneurial customers wish for the bank to give an
impression of drive and entrepreneurial focus and that the bank physically visits their business. The
large farms differ from the rest of the customers in that their entrepreneurial orientation is
significantly higher. Furthermore they put high importance in that the bank physically visits their
business and that the bank makes them feel proud being customers and create a sense of belonging.
The large forestry owners do not put as much importance in if the bank market itself as a rural bank
or the personnel’s background in forestry or agriculture. Lasty, the study shows that the highly
profitable customers in the green sector is a difficult group to satisfy. Their dissatisfaction potential
is higher for most of the offerings while their satisfaction potential is the same.

Main title:A bank’s strategical positioning within the Green Sector for an increased customer satisfaction
Subtitle:a segmented kano analysis
Authors:Klofsten, Oscar
Supervisor:Lagerkvist, Carl-Johan
Examiner:Ferguson, Richard
Series:Examensarbete / SLU, Institutionen för ekonomi
Volume/Sequential designation:1374
Year of Publication:2021
Level and depth descriptor:Second cycle, A2E
Student's programme affiliation:NY008 Agronomprogrammet ekonomi 300 HEC
Supervising department:(NL, NJ) > Dept. of Economics
Keywords:customer satisfaction, service marketing mix, segmented kano, analysis, green sector, bank
URN:NBN:urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-s-17075
Permanent URL:
http://urn.kb.se/resolve?urn=urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-s-17075
Subjects:Agricultural economics and policies
Economics and management
Language:English
Deposited On:23 Aug 2021 11:22
Metadata Last Modified:24 Aug 2021 01:03

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