The role of emotional satisfaction in service encounters

Amy Wong (Universitas 21 Global, Shenton way, Singapore)

Managing Service Quality: An International Journal

ISSN: 0960-4529

Publication date: 1 October 2004

Abstract

This paper empirically examined the role of emotional satisfaction in service encounters. Specifically, this study seeks to: investigate the relationship between emotional satisfaction and key concepts, such as service quality, customer loyalty, and relationship quality, and clarify the role of emotional satisfaction in predicting customer loyalty and relationship quality. In doing so, this study used the relationship between emotional satisfaction, service quality, customer loyalty, and relationship quality as a context, as well as data from a sample survey of 1,261 Australian retail customers concerning their evaluation of their shopping experiences to address this issue. The results show that service quality is positively associated with emotional satisfaction, which is positively associated with both customer loyalty and relationship quality. Further investigations showed that customers' feelings of enjoyment serve as the best predictor of customer loyalty, while feelings of happiness serve as the best predictor of relationship quality. The findings imply the need for a service firm to strategically leverage on the key antecedents of customer loyalty and relationship quality in its pursuit of customer retention and long‐term profitability.

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Citation

Wong, A. (2004), "The role of emotional satisfaction in service encounters", Managing Service Quality: An International Journal, Vol. 14 No. 5, pp. 365-376. https://doi.org/10.1108/09604520410557976

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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