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Commitment, trust, relative dependence, and customer loyalty in the B2B setting: the role of customer satisfaction

Emmanuel Arthur (Department of Business Studies, Lancaster University – Ghana Campus, Accra, Ghana)
George Cudjoe Agbemabiese (Department of Marketing, University of Professional Studies, Accra, Ghana)
George Kofi Amoako (Department of Marketing, Ghana Communication Technology University, Accra, Ghana)
Patrick Amfo Anim (Department of Business Studies, Lancaster University – Ghana Campus, Accra, Ghana)

Journal of Business & Industrial Marketing

ISSN: 0885-8624

Article publication date: 1 November 2023

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Abstract

Purpose

This study aims to explore the role customer satisfaction play in mediating the nexus between commitment, trust, relative dependence and customer loyalty from an emerging market context under a business-to-business (B2B) setting.

Design/methodology/approach

The study was a descriptive survey, and using convenience sampling technique, questionnaires were used to gather data from 356 businesses that were distributors of Guinness Ghana Company Limited. Partial least squares structural equation modeling was used to test the proposed hypotheses for this study, and macro-PROCESS was performed to test the mediating effect of customer satisfaction.

Findings

The findings show that relative dependence had the most considerable significant and positive impact on B2B partners satisfaction, followed by commitment and trust, respectively. A positive and significant relationship was also found between B2B firms’ satisfaction and loyalty. The result also indicates that customer satisfaction mediates the relationship between commitment, trust, relative dependence and B2B loyalty.

Practical implications

Practitioners can manipulate specific relative dependence, commitment and trust features to increase customer satisfaction with their firm’s services, thus ensuring longer-term customer loyalty.

Originality/value

Drawing on the social exchange theory, this study provides a more profound perspective focusing on an emerging market context, by examining from a B2B setting the significance of commitment, trust, relative dependence and B2B partners satisfaction on loyalty.

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Acknowledgements

The authors wish to acknowledge all those who assisted with the research. They would also like to thank the editor and reviewers of the paper for their helpful improvement suggestions.

Citation

Arthur, E., Agbemabiese, G.C., Amoako, G.K. and Anim, P.A. (2023), "Commitment, trust, relative dependence, and customer loyalty in the B2B setting: the role of customer satisfaction", Journal of Business & Industrial Marketing, Vol. ahead-of-print No. ahead-of-print. https://doi.org/10.1108/JBIM-08-2022-0375

Publisher

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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