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The moderating effect of normative commitment on the service quality-customer retention relationship.

Author: Gordon Fullerton
Publisher: Bingley : Emerald Group, 2014.
Edition/Format:   Downloadable article : Document   Computer File : English
Publication:European journal of marketing
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Abstract : Purpose: – Limited attention has been given to the effects of normative commitment (NC) in a marketing relationship. This paper investigates the effects of service quality and normative commitment on customer retention in a consumer-retailer relationship. Design/methodology/approach: – Two distinct studies; a longitudinal experiment and a SEM model were conducted to tease out the normative  Read more...
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Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Article, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Gordon Fullerton
ISSN:0309-0566
OCLC Number: 1051987206
Notes: In: European journal of marketing, Vol. 48, no. 3/4 ( 2014), p.657-673.
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Abstract : Purpose: – Limited attention has been given to the effects of normative commitment (NC) in a marketing relationship. This paper investigates the effects of service quality and normative commitment on customer retention in a consumer-retailer relationship. Design/methodology/approach: – Two distinct studies; a longitudinal experiment and a SEM model were conducted to tease out the normative commitment-service quality interaction on customer switching intentions in services. Findings: – Both studies supported the existence of a significant normative commitment-service quality interaction on switching, in addition to the main effects of both variables. Research limitations/implications: – The longitudinal experiment has the limitation of being a simple test of theory in a controlled setting. Study II validates this theory in a real-world retail services setting, but there are questions about the extent to which the relationship may hold in other service sectors. The results indicate that the effect of service quality on customer loyalty is moderated by normative commitment. This may also allow us to think about customer commitment in a new way in that it could be a construct rooted in attitude confidence rather than attitude. Practical implications: – The findings allow practitioners to recognize that the development of obligation-based normative commitment can give them a basis for successful competition against other firms, even those that may outperform them on other salient attributes, including basic service quality. Originality/value: – This is one of a very small number of studies in the discipline that have examined the effects of normative commitment and the first that has demonstrated that normative commitment moderates the service quality-service customer retention relationship. This opens the door for the possibility that other forms of commitment may moderate the relationship between service quality and customer retention.

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