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Publication date: 28 November 2017

Arch G. Woodside

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Trade Tales: Decoding Customers' Stories
Type: Book
ISBN: 978-1-78714-279-4

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Publication date: 4 February 2021

Yaoqi Li, Biqiang Liu, Ping Chen and Tzung-Cheng Huan

This paper aims to introduce the psychological variable of “social distance” and use SEM to analyze the relationship between tourism service providers’ physical…

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Purpose

This paper aims to introduce the psychological variable of “social distance” and use SEM to analyze the relationship between tourism service providers’ physical attractiveness (SPPA) and tourists’ perceptions of social distance, stereotypes and service quality.

Design/methodology/approach

The data collectors were instructed to convenience sampling tourists in Guangzhou Chimelong Tourist Resort, the biggest resort in South China and 334 valid questionnaires were collected. This study used CFA to confirm the measurement model and to check the reliability and validity of the constructs. Using Mplus 7.0, SEM was performed to test the hypotheses of this study.

Findings

The study found that tourism SPPA can improve tourists’ stereotype perception by reducing the social distance between tourists and service providers, which ultimately improves service quality. This study also found that only warmth perception can significantly improve the service quality evaluation of tourists, with competence perception having no significant effect.

Originality/value

This study focused on the SPPA in tourism services, expanding the research on tourism service management and on the effect of physical attractiveness; enriched the stereotype content model and behaviors from intergroup affect and stereotypes map by clarifying the mediating role of social distance and stereotypes; found different roles played by the competence and warmth stereotype in the enhancement effect; helped find an insightful strategy to improve service quality by recruiting and training employees intentionally.

旅游服务人员的外貌吸引力与顾客服务质量评价:热情与能力同等重要吗?

目的

本文的目的在于利用结构方程模型验证旅游服务人员的外貌吸引力、旅游者感知社会距离与服务质量感知之间的关系, 并为如何提升旅游服务质量提出建议。

设计/方法学/方法

研究使用方便抽样的方式在广州长隆旅游度假区共回收有效问卷334份。本文使用Mplus 7.0对研究模型进行了检验。

结果

研究结果表明, 旅游服务人员的外貌吸引力可以通过拉近其与旅游者之间的社会距离, 从而能够提升旅游者对其的热情和能力刻板印象, 进而提升旅游者服务质量感知。本文还发现热情和能力刻板印象的重要性有所不同, 只有后者能够显著提升旅游者服务质量感知。

创意/价值

第一, 本研究从一线旅游服务人员的外貌吸引力因素视角, 推进了旅游服务管理和外貌刻板印象的相关研究。第二, 本文还通过厘清社会距离和刻板印象的中介作用, 丰富了SCM和BIAS map理论。第三, 本文发现了热情和能力刻板印象在提升服务质量感知过程中的不同作用。

关键词:外貌吸引力, 社会距离, 刻板印象, SCM, BIAS map, 服务质量

文章类型: 研究型论文

El atractivo físico de los prestadores de servicios turísticos y la evaluación de la calidad del servicio de los clientes: ¿qué es más importante, la calidez o las competencias?

Objetivo

El objetivo de este artículo es introducir la variable psicológica del “distanciamiento social” y utilizar un modelo de ecuaciones estructurales para analizar la relación entre el atractivo físico de los prestadores de servicios turísticos y la percepción de los turistas sobre el distanciamiento social, estereotipos y la calidad del servicio.

Diseño/Metodología/Enfoque

Los recopiladores de datos recibieron instrucciones de tomar muestras de turistas a conveniencia en el centro turístico de Guangzhou Chimelong, el centro turístico más grande del sur de China. Se recolectaron 334 cuestionarios válidos. Este estudio utilizó el AFC para confirmar el modelo de medición y verificar la confiabilidad y validez de los constructos. Para probar las hipótesis de este estudio, se elaboró un modelo de ecuaciones estructurales utilizando Mplus 7.0.

Resultados

En este estudio se encontró que el atractivo físico de los prestadores de servicios turísticos puede mejorar los estereotipos de los turistas, reduciendo el distanciamiento social entre los turistas y los prestadores de servicios y a la vez, en última instancia, formar una mayor calidad del servicio. En este estudio también se encontró que, en dos estereotipos, la percepción de la calidez y de las competencias, solo el último puede mejorar significativamente la evaluación de la calidad del servicio por parte de los turistas. No existe una relación significativa entre la percepción de la calidez y la evaluación de la calidad del servicio.

Originalidad/Valor

En primer lugar, este estudio se enfocó en el atractivo físico del personal de primera línea que presta los servicios turísticos, ampliando la investigación a la gestión de los servicios de turismo y el efecto del atractivo físico. En segundo lugar, este estudio enriqueció el SMC y el mapa BIAS al aclarar el rol mediador del distanciamiento social y los estereotipos. En tercer lugar, en este estudio se encontraron los diferentes roles que juegan el estereotipo de las competencias y el de la calidez en la relación entre el atractivo físico y la calidad del servicio.

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Atractivo físico, distanciamiento social, estereotipos, SMC, mapa BIAS, calidad del servicio

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Tourism Review, vol. 76 no. 6
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1660-5373

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Publication date: 11 May 2015

James Po-Hsun Hsiao, Chyi Jaw, Tzung-Cheng (T.C.) Huan and Arch G. Woodside

This paper aims to advance a configural asymmetric theory of the complex antecedents to hospitality employee happiness-at-work and managers’ assessments of employees…

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This paper aims to advance a configural asymmetric theory of the complex antecedents to hospitality employee happiness-at-work and managers’ assessments of employees’ quality of work performance. The study transcends variable and case-level analyses to go beyond prior statistical findings of small-to-medium effect sizes of happiness–performance relationships; the study here identifies antecedent paths involving high-versus-low happy employees associating with high-versus-low managers’ assessments of these employees’ performances.

Design/methodology/approach

The study merges data from surveys of employees (n = 247) and surveys completed by their managers (n = 43) and by using qualitative comparative analysis via the software program, fsQCA.com. The study analyzes data from Janfusan Fancyworld, the largest (in revenues and number of employees) tourism business group in Taiwan; Janfusan Fancyworld includes tourist hotels, amusement parks, restaurants and additional firms in related service sectors.

Findings

The findings support the four tenets of configural analysis and theory construction: recognize equifinality of different solutions for the same outcome, test for asymmetric solutions, test for causal asymmetric outcomes for very high versus very low happiness and work performance and embrace complexity.

Research limitations/implications

Additional research in other firms and additional countries is necessary to confirm the usefulness of examining algorithms for predicting very high (low) happiness and very high (low) quality of work performance. The implications are substantial that configural theory and research will resolve perplexing happiness–performance conundrums.

Practical implications

The study provides useful case-level algorithms involving employees’ demographic characteristics and their assessments of work facet-specifics which are useful for explaining very high happiness-at-work and high quality of work performance (as assessed by managers) – as well as algorithms explaining very low happiness and very low quality of work performance.

Originality/value

The study is the first to propose and test the tenets of configural theory in the context of hospitality frontline service employees’ happiness-at-work and managers’ assessments of these employees’ quality of work performances.

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International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management, vol. 27 no. 4
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0959-6119

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Book part
Publication date: 28 November 2017

Xinhua Guan and Tzung-Cheng (T. C.) Huan

A customer of Xtrip (name disguised) booked an airline ticket online but was told that the ticket was invalid while boarding from a foreign airport. The solution provided…

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A customer of Xtrip (name disguised) booked an airline ticket online but was told that the ticket was invalid while boarding from a foreign airport. The solution provided by the customer service representative did not work, and the customer was nearly arrested by the local police as a suspected fraud. On his return, the customer demanded a written apology from Xtrip to restore his reputation. What should the company do?

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Trade Tales: Decoding Customers' Stories
Type: Book
ISBN: 978-1-78714-279-4

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Book part
Publication date: 28 November 2017

Srirung Klinjan and Tzung-Cheng (T. C.) Huan

Our supplier sends us wrong screws for the production of goods that our client needs. Due to the deadline we had agreed with our client, there was no time for us to find a…

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Our supplier sends us wrong screws for the production of goods that our client needs. Due to the deadline we had agreed with our client, there was no time for us to find a new supplier. So we in Thailand requested the supplier, in question, in China to rectify their mistake by sending us the correct screws that we urgently need. At first they declined, but after I proved that it was their mistake, they grudgingly complied with my request.

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Trade Tales: Decoding Customers' Stories
Type: Book
ISBN: 978-1-78714-279-4

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Book part
Publication date: 27 December 2016

Pei-Ling Wu, Shih-Shuo Yeh, Tzung-Cheng (T.C.) Huan and Arch G. Woodside

Recognizing Gigerenzer’s (1991) dictum that scientists’ tools are not neutral (tools-in-use influence theory formulation as well as data interpretation), this chapter…

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Recognizing Gigerenzer’s (1991) dictum that scientists’ tools are not neutral (tools-in-use influence theory formulation as well as data interpretation), this chapter reports theory and examines data in ways that transcend the dominant logics for variable-based and case-based analyses. The theory and data analysis tests key propositions in complexity theory: (1) no single antecedent condition is a sufficient or necessary indicator of a high score in an outcome condition; (2) a few of many available complex configurations of antecedent conditions are sufficient indicators of high scores in an outcome condition; (3) contrarian cases occur, that is, low scores in a single antecedent condition associates with both high and low scores for an outcome condition for different cases; (4) causal asymmetry occurs, that is, accurate causal models for high scores for an outcome condition are not the mirror opposites of causal models for low scores for the same outcome condition. The study tests and supports these propositions in the context of customer assessments (n = 436) of service facets and service-outcome evaluations for assisted temporary-transformations of self via beauty salon and spa treatments. The findings contribute to advancing a nuanced theory of how customers’ service evaluations relate to their assessments of overall service quality and intentions to use the service. The findings support the need for service managers to be vigilant in fine-tuning service facets and service enactment to achieve the objective of high customer retention.

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Bad to Good
Type: Book
ISBN: 978-1-78635-333-7

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Article
Publication date: 16 October 2007

Tzung‐Cheng (T.C.) Huan and Jay Beaman

Conceptual aspects of this research aim to review issues and to introduce new ways to employ importance‐performance analysis (IPA), also called action‐grid analysis (AGA)…

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Purpose

Conceptual aspects of this research aim to review issues and to introduce new ways to employ importance‐performance analysis (IPA), also called action‐grid analysis (AGA), in formulating valid research. The purpose of the exercises is facilitating understanding how a variety of matters are important for research being valid.

Design/methodology/approach

IPA/AGA, different types of IPA/AGA, and validity issues for these are introduced. Pursuing two types of IPA/AGA, based on different assumptions and thus distinct validity criteria, reinforces the need for new thinking regarding valid applications of IPA/AGA. Practically oriented training exercises reinforce understanding concepts introduced. Possible answers to exercises encourage thinking about matters that directly affect validity of actual research.

Findings

Unless IPA/AGA research is well conceived, properly executed, and soundly analysed, implications derived may be misleading. Training exercises show the reader values and pitfalls of considering IPA/AGA in formulating practically oriented research.

Research limitations/implications

A limitation of the research is that detail results are only presented for two of at least five types of IPA/AGA.

Originality/value

This paper contributes to the overall understanding of the valid use of IPA/AGA as a tool in research. The paper also facilitates using IPA/AGA in teaching about research.

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International Journal of Culture, Tourism and Hospitality Research, vol. 1 no. 4
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1750-6182

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Book part
Publication date: 28 November 2017

Aunyaporn Nuntapat and Tzung-Cheng (T. C.) Huan

There was a mistake relating to a roaming network service package that my sister bought from one of the telephone networks in Thailand. She paid 2,000 Baht (the Baht is…

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There was a mistake relating to a roaming network service package that my sister bought from one of the telephone networks in Thailand. She paid 2,000 Baht (the Baht is the currency of Thailand) for this package. She and her friends were going on a self-“guided” and organized tour to Japan and wanted to use the internet as an integral part of travelling. She or her friends did not speak Japanese. Unfortunately, the internet did not work using that roaming package. Not having roaming facility greatly affected the travelling quality of my sister’s vacation trip to Japan. It also completely messed up her itinerary. My sister used hotel Wi-Fi to contact me and asked that I call the telephone service and solve the problem.

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Trade Tales: Decoding Customers' Stories
Type: Book
ISBN: 978-1-78714-279-4

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Book part
Publication date: 28 November 2017

Anestis K. Fotiadis and Tzung-Cheng (T. C.) Huan

George is the new president of a secondary hospital in Greece. As an intensive economic crisis has been occurring for many years, he has to make difficult decisions…

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George is the new president of a secondary hospital in Greece. As an intensive economic crisis has been occurring for many years, he has to make difficult decisions regarding how he can effectively reorganize the hospital. George is asked to investigate the current health environment and choose what changes he considers best.

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Trade Tales: Decoding Customers' Stories
Type: Book
ISBN: 978-1-78714-279-4

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Book part
Publication date: 28 November 2017

Tze-Jen Pan and Tzung-Cheng (T. C.) Huan

A vegan purchased some vegetarian dishes at a restaurant to take home. When the family started eating the food, the daughter discovered clams in the soup. She called the…

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A vegan purchased some vegetarian dishes at a restaurant to take home. When the family started eating the food, the daughter discovered clams in the soup. She called the restaurant but was treated rudely. When she went back to the restaurant, she received no apology from the staff at the restaurant. Because she complained, she was suspected of trying to cheat by adding clams in order to get a discount. Eventually, she was offered a discount by the manager, but she refused it.

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Trade Tales: Decoding Customers' Stories
Type: Book
ISBN: 978-1-78714-279-4

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