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Social responsibility influence on customer trust in hotels: mediating effects of reputation and word-of-mouth

Mohammad Reza Jalilvand (Faculty of Management, University of Tehran, Tehran, Iran)
Leila Nasrolahi Vosta (Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Tabriz, Tabriz, Iran)
Hamze Kazemi Mahyari (Department of Management, University of Isfahan, Isfahan, Iran)
Javad Khazaei Pool (Department of Management, University of Isfahan, Isfahan, Iran)

Tourism Review

ISSN: 1660-5373

Article publication date: 18 April 2017

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Abstract

Purpose

This paper aims to model and test the relationships between corporate social responsibility (CSR), corporate reputation (CR), word-of-mouth (WOM) behavior and customer trust (CT) within the hotel context.

Design/methodology/approach

A questionnaire survey was conducted among 300 hotel guests. Following a two-step approach, a measurement model was estimated and then a structural model was analyzed to test six proposed hypotheses.

Findings

The research results show that CSR has a direct and positive effect on CT, CR and WOM; CSR has an indirect and positive influence on CT via CR and WOM as mediating variables; CR is a significant antecedent of WOM; and CR and WOM are positively associated with CT.

Originality/value

The research examines the relationship among CSR, CR, WOM and CT, thus contributing to hospitality management literature theoretically. In addition, relevant implications are provided for managers as to how to improve CT in service industries.

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Citation

Jalilvand, M.R., Nasrolahi Vosta, L., Kazemi Mahyari, H. and Khazaei Pool, J. (2017), "Social responsibility influence on customer trust in hotels: mediating effects of reputation and word-of-mouth", Tourism Review, Vol. 72 No. 1, pp. 1-14. https://doi.org/10.1108/TR-09-2016-0037

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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