The Impact of Service Failure Controllability and Relationship Strength on Post-Complaint Consumer Behavior - An Empirical Analysis

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2018-01-03
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von Aswege, Frederike
Kemper, Jan
Brettel, Malte
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The purpose of this research is to explore the impact of service failure controllability on consumer purchase behavior and to clarify the moderating role of relationship strength. Our conceptual model posits that high levels of firm controllability are associated with negative customer reactions. In addition, we examine two opposing hypotheses discussed in literature: the "love becomes hate" and the "love is blind" effect. We base our analysis on an extensive data set provided by a leading European online retailer that includes more than 14,000 complaints and 165,000 orders. Our research emphasizes the relevance of attribution theory in the context of actual consumer behavior and confirms that high levels of firm controllability are associated with negative consumer reactions. The empirical results further show that a strong customer-organization relationship mitigates the negative effects of service failures independently of the level of firm controllability. Therefore, the "love is blind" effect is strongly supported.
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Service Analytics, Attribution theory, Complaint behavior, Controllability, Relationship strength, Service failure
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10 pages
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Proceedings of the 51st Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences
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