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Customer satisfaction, value for money and repurchase intent in the context of system delivery projects: a longitudinal study

Matti Haverila (Marketing, Thompson Rivers University, Kamloops, Canada)
Jenny Carita Twyford (The University of Manchester, Manchester, UK)

International Journal of Managing Projects in Business

ISSN: 1753-8378

Article publication date: 9 February 2021

Issue publication date: 20 May 2021

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Abstract

Purpose

Drawing upon the relational exchange theory, the longitudinal relationship between various stages of project management customer satisfaction, value for money and repurchase intent are examined.

Design/methodology/approach

Using a survey questionnaire, data were gathered over four consecutive quarters (N = 2,537). The statistical methods included exploratory factor analysis, confirmatory composite analysis (CCA) and partial least squares structural equation modeling (PLS-SEM).

Findings

Project management was perceived as a three-dimensional construct (proposal, installation, commissioning/start-up). There was a significant longitudinal relationship between project stages and satisfaction in the complete data set. The results varied on the quarterly basis. The relationship customer satisfaction/repurchase intent was significant in the whole data set and during all quarters. This was the case for the relationships between value for money and customer satisfaction and between value for money and repurchase intent. The effect sizes were small between project management stages and customer satisfaction, small to medium for the value for money construct and large for the customer satisfaction construct.

Originality/value

An important implication is the significant relationship between the stages of project management and satisfaction. However, the effect sizes were small, however. The importance of the effect size in comparison to the significance of the relationships is highlighted especially when the sample size is large. The paper also confirms the linear relationship between satisfaction and repurchase intent. The nature of the relationship between customer satisfaction and loyalty is based on a moderate exchange relationship in the relational exchange continuum. The study contributes to the relational exchange theory in the context of project management.

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Citation

Haverila, M. and Twyford, J.C. (2021), "Customer satisfaction, value for money and repurchase intent in the context of system delivery projects: a longitudinal study", International Journal of Managing Projects in Business, Vol. 14 No. 4, pp. 936-959. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJMPB-03-2020-0102

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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