Customer’s Potential Value: The Role of Learning

Hanna Komulainen, Tuija Mainela, Jaana Tähtinen


Current views on value creation emphasize the role of the customer, mutual investments, and value co-creation. Nevertheless, at present the customer-focused research concentrates on value expectations and value experiences as outcomes but disregards the analysis of potential value that is dependent on the customer’s activity and learning in the process. The present study explores customer perceived value as a multidimensional phenomenon incorporating expected, realized, and potential dimensions. Using a real-life experiment, the study shows the role of customer learning particularly in realizing the potential value of novel technological services. To understand and achieve the potential value, customers need first to unlearn their current practices, second, to learn how to use the novel service, and third, to envision the best ways to use the novel service. Hence, a sacrifice made in the present day (i.e. learning efforts) will increase the potential value-in-use in the future.


Value co-creation; Interaction; Resource integration; Many-to-many networks; Service-dominant (S-D) logic; Relationship marketing

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