Evolution of Contact Point: a case study of a help desk and its users

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Evolution of Contact Point: a case study of a help desk and its users
This paper describes the evolution of a concept, Contact Point, the research process through which it evolved, and the work context and practices which drove its evolution. Contact Point is a web-based application that helps a business manage its relationships with its customers. It can also be used within a business as a means for managing the relationship between parts of the business. In this paper we describe a study of the applicability of Contact Point to the technical services organization and field personnel of a medical device manufacturer. We found that there were opportunities to potentially reduce call volume through Contact Point. We discovered, however, that the technical service representatives sometimes filled roles other than providing information in their telephone conversations with field personnel. These functions included reassuring callers that the callers’ answers to questions were correct, providing a rationale for information, and redirecting calls to other ...
Lena Mamykina, Catherine G. Wolf
Added 01 Aug 2010
Updated 01 Aug 2010
Type Conference
Year 2000
Where CSCW
Authors Lena Mamykina, Catherine G. Wolf
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