Achieving customer loyalty through service excellence in internet industry

Paramaporn Thaichon (Faculty of Business & Enterprise, Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia)
Antonio Lobo (Faculty of Business & Enterprise, Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia)
Ann Mitsis (Faculty of Business and Enterprise, Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia)

International Journal of Quality and Service Sciences

ISSN: 1756-669X

Publication date: 17 November 2014

Abstract

Purpose

This paper aims to investigate the antecedents to attitudinal and behavioural loyalty of customers of Internet service providers (ISPs). In addition, this study endeavours to identify the relationship between overall service quality and cognitive as well as affective evaluations of customers. An assessment of service quality dimensions is also included to fill the void of research on modelling service quality in high tech services.

Design/methodology/approach

The paper reviews the most cited articles on the topic published in academic journals with a view to identify dimensions that customers use to evaluate the quality of a service providers, and to determine loyalty formation through customer cognitive and affective evaluations in Internet industry.

Findings

The exogenous constructs of the conceptual model include influential factors such as network quality, customer service, information support and security which make up the perception of overall service quality. The endogenous constructs include cognitive and affective determinants such as customers’ trust, satisfaction, commitment, value and resultants – attitudinal loyalty and behavioural loyalty.

Originality/value

The study proposes that by enhancing service quality, firms can influence customers’ satisfaction, trust, commitment and value, and ultimately loyalty, which are critical for an ISP’s success and long-term sustainability. Moreover, applying the findings of this study, ISPs can strategise in making customers more central in their day to day operations, which would create competitive advantage for the companies.

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Citation

Thaichon, P., Lobo, A. and Mitsis, A. (2014), "Achieving customer loyalty through service excellence in internet industry", International Journal of Quality and Service Sciences, Vol. 6 No. 4, pp. 274-289. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJQSS-03-2014-0024

Publisher

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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