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Genuine Emotions When Facing Aggressive Customers in the Hospitality Industry: A Conceptual Framework

The Cross-Disciplinary Perspectives of Management: Challenges and Opportunities

ISBN: 978-1-83867-250-8, eISBN: 978-1-83867-249-2

Publication date: 29 November 2019

Abstract

Service employees engage in Emotional Labor (EL), either through surface acting (SA) or deep acting (DA), when they interact with aggressive customers, so that they are able to abide to the organizational rules. Current studies have shown that employees engage only in SA when they interact with aggressive customers due to a number of reasons. Based on this, the authors undertake an exhaustive review and analysis of existing literature on EL, in order to enhance our understanding of the DA concept. Consequent to this analysis, tha authors interrelate and present the various research findings into a unified comprehensive framework for engaging in DA during a service encounter. Conclusively, the authors discuss the implications of the developed framework for the scholar community and management practice in the hospitality industry, and the authors propose various avenues for further research.

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Simillidou, A., Vrontis, D. and Christofi, M. (2019), "Genuine Emotions When Facing Aggressive Customers in the Hospitality Industry: A Conceptual Framework", Weber, Y., Vrontis, D., Tsoukatos, E. and Shams, S.M.R. (Ed.) The Cross-Disciplinary Perspectives of Management: Challenges and Opportunities (Cross-Disciplinary Management Perspectives), Emerald Publishing Limited, Bingley, pp. 165-179. https://doi.org/10.1108/978-1-83867-249-220191013

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