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MANAGING SERVICE RELATIONSHIPS IN A GLOBAL ECONOMY: EXPLORING THE IMPACT OF NATIONAL CULTURE ON THE RELEVANCE OF CUSTOMER RELATIONAL BENEFITS FOR GAINING LOYAL CUSTOMERS

Research on International Service Marketing: A state of the Art

ISBN: 978-0-76231-185-9, eISBN: 978-1-84950-331-0

ISSN: 1474-7979

Publication date: 16 June 2005

Abstract

Customer relational benefits have been identified as a driving motivation for consumers to engage in long term relationships with service providers. Such benefits can be expected to play a crucial role in the success of service firms when extending their business into other countries and cultures. Most of the previous discussion of relational benefits has been conducted almost exclusively in North-American contexts and has not addressed the impact a nation’s culture may have on the relevance of relational benefits for gaining relationship outcomes such as customer loyalty. The aim of this article is to deepen our understanding of the role of relational benefits in developing long-term relationships with consumers in a cross-cultural context. Specifically, propositions focusing on the moderating role of power distance, individualism/collectivism, masculinity/femininity, and uncertainty avoidance for the benefits-outcomes relationship are developed. The article concludes with a discussion of potential implications for service firms and researchers.

Citation

Hennig-Thurau, T., Gwinner, K.P., Gremler, D.D. and Paul, M. (2005), "MANAGING SERVICE RELATIONSHIPS IN A GLOBAL ECONOMY: EXPLORING THE IMPACT OF NATIONAL CULTURE ON THE RELEVANCE OF CUSTOMER RELATIONAL BENEFITS FOR GAINING LOYAL CUSTOMERS", de Ruyter, K. and Pauwels, P. (Ed.) Research on International Service Marketing: A state of the Art (Advances in International Marketing, Vol. 15), Emerald Group Publishing Limited, Bingley, pp. 11-31. https://doi.org/10.1016/S1474-7979(04)15002-3

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