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Chapter 9 Service encounter needs theory: A dyadic, psychosocial approach to understanding service encounters

Emotions and Organizational Dynamism

ISBN: 978-0-85724-177-1, eISBN: 978-0-85724-178-8

ISSN: 1746-9791

Publication date: 8 July 2010

Abstract

Interactions between customers and service providers are ubiquitous. Some of these encounters are routine, but many are characterized by conflict and intense emotions. This chapter introduces a new theory, service encounter needs theory (SENT) that aims to elucidate the mechanisms through which service encounter behaviors affect outcomes for customers and employees. Evidence is presented for the preeminence within these encounters of eight psychosocial needs, and propositions are advanced regarding likely antecedents to fulfillment and violation of these needs. Emotional experiences and displays are viewed as important consequences of need fulfillment and violation, as are numerous cognitive, behavioral, and health-related outcomes.

Citation

Bradley, G.L., McColl-Kennedy, J.R., Sparks, B.A., Jimmieson, N.L. and Zapf, D. (2010), "Chapter 9 Service encounter needs theory: A dyadic, psychosocial approach to understanding service encounters", Zerbe, W.J., Charmine E. J., H. and Neal M., A. (Ed.) Emotions and Organizational Dynamism (Research on Emotion in Organizations, Vol. 6), Emerald Group Publishing Limited, Bingley, pp. 221-258. https://doi.org/10.1108/S1746-9791(2010)0000006013

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