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Consumer engagement behaviors: do service convenience and organizational characteristics matter?

Sanjit Kumar Roy (University of Western Australia, Perth, Australia)
Vaibhav Shekhar (IBS Hyderabad, Hyderbad, India)
Ali Quazi (University of Canberra, Canberra, Australia)
Mohammed Quaddus (Curtin University, Perth, Australia)

Journal of Service Theory and Practice

ISSN: 2055-6225

Article publication date: 7 April 2020

Issue publication date: 22 May 2020

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of the study is to investigate the role of service convenience in the relationship between organizational characteristics (such as brand equity, store ambiance, store layout, customer information and employee responsiveness) on customer engagement behaviors (CEBs), including service improvement, customer cooperation, positive word-of-mouth and customer helping customers. It examines two research models, with service convenience as a separate antecedent of CEBs (model A) and as a mediating variable between organizational characteristics and CEBs (model B).

Design/methodology/approach

Using a positivist paradigm, data were collected from 384 respondents representing the existing customers of grocery retailers based in India via a survey instrument. Data were analyzed using partial least squares (PLS) path modeling.

Findings

Results demonstrate service convenience as a motivational driver of CEBs. Results also show that the organizational characteristics significantly influence service convenience which in turn impacts CEBs.

Practical implications

The findings have important implications for store managers in effective management of customers' time and effort in terms of saving customers' time and effort as well as motivating customers to elicit their engagement behaviors.

Originality/value

The originality of this paper lies in identifying the impact of organizational characteristics in helping customers to save time and effort in their shopping activities and thereby elicit various types of CEBs. The paper also adds to knowledge by examining the role of service convenience in the nexus between organizational characteristics and CEB types.

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Citation

Roy, S.K., Shekhar, V., Quazi, A. and Quaddus, M. (2020), "Consumer engagement behaviors: do service convenience and organizational characteristics matter?", Journal of Service Theory and Practice, Vol. 30 No. 2, pp. 195-232. https://doi.org/10.1108/JSTP-03-2018-0049

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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