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Modelling the service antecedents of favourable and unfavourable behaviour intentions in life insurance services in India: An SEM study

Rajat Gera (Department of Marketing, Institute of Management Technology, Rajnagar, India)

International Journal of Quality and Service Sciences

ISSN: 1756-669X

Article publication date: 5 July 2011

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to identify and discuss the key conceptual and empirical inter‐relationships between service encounter variables of perceived agent service quality, overall customer satisfaction and perceived value and their relationships with behavioural outcomes of repurchase, recommendation and complaint intentions in the life insurance services in India.

Design/methodology/approach

A total of 258 valid responses were generated from existing customers of life insurance services on the selected variables. The relationships were tested by structural equation modeling using AMOS version 4.0. The initial hypothesized model was rejected and a model was modified till acceptable fit was achieved.

Findings

The results provide empirical support for the comprehensive nature of direct and indirect effects of service quality, value perceptions and overall satisfaction on future behavioural intentions (BI). The study identifies the key agent service quality attributes of product knowledge, empathy, reliability and trust as important antecedents of favourable behavioural outcomes. Agent service quality, satisfaction and value perceptions have significant affect on recommendation intentions.

Originality/value

This is the first study using multivariate and composite model of inter relationship of service encounter constructs and their affect on both favourable and unfavourable BI.

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Citation

Gera, R. (2011), "Modelling the service antecedents of favourable and unfavourable behaviour intentions in life insurance services in India: An SEM study", International Journal of Quality and Service Sciences, Vol. 3 No. 2, pp. 225-242. https://doi.org/10.1108/17566691111146113

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

Copyright © 2011, Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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