Search Conferences

Type in any word, words or author name. This searchs through the abstract title, keywords and abstract text and authors. You may search all conferences or just select one conference.


 All Conferences
 EMAC 2019 Annual Conference
 EMAC 2020 Annual Conference
 EMAC 2020 Regional Conference
 EMAC 2021 Annual Conference
 EMAC 2021 Regional Conference
 EMAC 2022 Annual

EMAC 2022 Annual


CUSTOMER LOYALTY IN THE FACE OF AN OBJECTIVELY SUPERIOR SERVICE OFFERING: HOW TO REDUCE CUSTOMER SWITCHING
(A2022-106420)

Published: May 24, 2022

AUTHORS

Barbara Duffek, Imperial College Business School; Thomas Foscht, Karl Franzens University of Graz; Andreas Eisingerich, Imperial College Business School

ABSTRACT

The present study (1) shows how and when brand attachment can defend a service brand against an equivalent and even superior new market entrant; and (2) investigates how individuals’ attachment style influence service brand attachment and customer switching. A key managerial takeaway from the current findings is that service brands stand much to gain from exploring enriching benefits to enhance customer loyalty and reduce willingness to switch to an objectively superior competitive offering. The present study also explores a boundary condition to customer loyalty; customers with a dismissive attachment style do not value enriching benefits and will not form brand attachment following strong enriching benefits. Nevertheless, customers with dismissive attachment styles stay loyal to brands that offer strong enabling benefits.