"Service Recovery: The Effects of Complaint Handling on Post-complaint Relationship Intention and Customer Switching Behaviour in the Taiwan Fastener Industry"

Hwang, Jui-Chin (2005) "Service Recovery: The Effects of Complaint Handling on Post-complaint Relationship Intention and Customer Switching Behaviour in the Taiwan Fastener Industry". [Dissertation (University of Nottingham only)] (Unpublished)

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Abstract

Abstract

In recent decades, many industries have started to realize the importance of relationship marketing and effective complaint handling as part of their customer retention strategies. This includes the traditional Taiwan fastener industry, which used to be considered as more technically focused rather than service-oriented. One of the main reasons for this industry to move toward a service orientation is that Taiwanese fastener trading companies have become highly customer-focused, providing excellent quality service to their overseas clients. As a result, the Taiwan fastener suppliers and manufacturers are expected to upgrade and improve their service quality in order to retain business from the trading company customers. In order to explore the aspects of service recovery in relation to future business relationship intentions and customer switching behaviour in the Taiwan fastener industry, qualitative research was conducted for this dissertation, with the adoption of several frameworks and ideas from previous research in the field. This includes the influence of perceived justice on customer satisfaction within the complaint handling process (Tax, Brown, and Chandrashekaran 1998), the effects of customer satisfaction to relationship intentions (Coulter and Ligas 2000; Kumar, Bohling and Ladda 2003), and possible factors leading to service switching behaviours (Keaveney, 1995).

The purpose of this research is to understand the applicability of these relationship marketing concepts and the effects of effective service recovery to positive business relationship intentions and customer switching behaviour in the Taiwan fastener industry context. The interview results suggested that although perceived distributive, procedural and interactional justices in the complaint handling process have effects on customer's satisfaction with service recovery, different from most post-complaint behaviours in the consumer market, the element of interdependency in the Taiwan fastener industry significantly influence customer's relationship intentions and service switching behaviour. Furthermore, as results indicated, the factors of pricing, core service failure and employee responses to service failure would affect customer's decision to switch suppliers. It is important to understand that customers in the Taiwan fastener industry perceived supplier's unethical business conduct as a serious concern, which would lead to the negative relationship intention of business discontinuity.

Item Type: Dissertation (University of Nottingham only)
Keywords: Service Recovery, Perceived Justice, Customer Satisfaction, Relationship Intention, Customer Switching Behaviour
Depositing User: EP, Services
Date Deposited: 06 Jan 2006
Last Modified: 21 Oct 2016 06:37
URI: http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/20056

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