Justice-Based Service Recovery Expectations: Measurement and Antecedents

Chi Kin Bennett Yim, Flora Fang Gu, Wa Kimmy Chan, David K. Tse

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Abstract

This study attempts to empirically test an alternative conceptualization that directly integrates perceived justice within the expectancy-disconfirmation framework. While the model acknowledges injustice as an important psychological motivator of redress seeking after service failures, the study hypothesizes that different components of injustice, namely distributive, procedural, and interactional justice, can be meaningfully integrated within the expectancy-disconfirmation model. It is found that consumers form normative recovery expectations distinctly in terms of distributive justice and procedural/interactional justice. These justice-based recovery expectations are also negatively related to recovery disconfirmation as hypothesized. The study also explored potential antecedents to consumer recovery expectations and found that each of the two justice components draws from distinct antecedents. All three tested antecedents - magnitude of service failure, switching cost, and length of the customer-organization relationship - are found to have either a direct or an interactive effect on expectations of distributive justice and procedural/interactional justice.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)36-52
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Consumer Satisfaction, Dissatisfaction and Complaining Behavior
Volume16
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2003

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