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Misuse of information and privacy issues: understanding the drivers for perceptions of unfairness

Bang Nguyen (East China University of Science and Technology, Shanghai, China)
Lyndon Simkin (Faculty of Business Environment and Society, Coventry University, Coventry, UK)

The Bottom Line

ISSN: 0888-045X

Article publication date: 14 August 2017

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to study what happens when firms misuse customers’ information and perceptions of unfairness arise because of privacy concerns. It explores a unifying theoretical framework of perceptions of unfairness, explained by the advantaged–disadvantaged (AD) continuum. It integrates the push, pull and mooring (PPM) model of migration for understanding the drivers of unfairness.

Design/methodology/approach

The paper is conceptual and develops a theoretical model based on extant research.

Findings

Using the PPM model, the paper explores the effects of information-based marketing tactics on the AD framework in the form of two types of customers. Findings from the review suggest that three variables have a leading direct effect on the AD customers. Traditionally, the fairness literature focuses on price, but findings show that service and communication variables impact customers’ unfairness perceptions. This paper examines the importance of these variables, in the context of an AD framework, to help explain unfairness and consider the implications.

Originality/value

To explain information misuse and unfairness perceptions, the paper develops a unifying theoretical framework of perceptions of unfairness, explained by linking the PPM model of migration with the AD continuum.

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Citation

Nguyen, B. and Simkin, L. (2017), "Misuse of information and privacy issues: understanding the drivers for perceptions of unfairness", The Bottom Line, Vol. 30 No. 2, pp. 132-150. https://doi.org/10.1108/BL-04-2017-0007

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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