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Relationship marketing and customer loyalty

Nelson Oly Ndubisi (Monash University Malaysia, Selangor, Malaysia)

Marketing Intelligence & Planning

ISSN: 0263-4503

Article publication date: 13 February 2007




To examine the impact of relationship marketing strategy on customer loyalty.


A questionnaire derived from previous studies and the relevant literature was completed by 220 bank customers in Malaysia. Multiple regression analysis assessed the impact on customer loyalty of four key constructs of relationship marketing (trust, commitment, communication and conflict handling).


The four variables have a significant effect and predict a good proportion of the variance in customer loyalty. Moreover, they are significantly related to one another.

Research limitations/implications

The relationships investigated in this study deserve further research. Because the data analysed were collected from one sector of the service industry in one country, more studies are required before general conclusions can be drawn.

Practical implications

It is reasonable to conclude, on this evidence, that customer loyalty can be created, reinforced and retained by marketing plans aimed at building trust, demonstrating commitment to service, communicating with customers in a timely, reliable and proactive fashion, and handling conflict efficiently.


Reinforces and refines the body of knowledge relating to customer loyalty in service industries.



Oly Ndubisi, N. (2007), "Relationship marketing and customer loyalty", Marketing Intelligence & Planning, Vol. 25 No. 1, pp. 98-106.



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