This research seeks to examine how the expectation process and its components evolve over time and purchase experience.
A longitudinal study was conducted over the period of one year using a sample of university students who were purchasing an undergraduate education. The sample was surveyed three times over the year. Structural equation analyses and regression were used to test various research hypotheses.
Key findings include confirming two significantly different levels of expectations: a lower, predictive “will” level and a higher normative “should” level. Expectation antecedents change in their degree of influence on expectations, weakening over time and service purchase experience.
There is a need to extend the results to other service contexts.
The consumer's expectation formation process changes over service purchase experience, thus indicating a need to segment on experience with the service firm.
The application of an expectation formation process to a longitudinal study provides the first partnership of the theoretically‐based model and longitudinal methodology.
Licata, J.W., Chakraborty, G. and Krishnan, B.C. (2008), "The consumer's expectation formation process over time", Journal of Services Marketing, Vol. 22 No. 3, pp. 176-187. https://doi.org/10.1108/08876040810871147
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