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What if high is too high: the role of regulation of emotion in sales interactions
(R2020-83597)

Published: September 16, 2020

AUTHORS

Zoran Latinovic, MIT Sloan School of Management ; Milena Micevski, University of Vienna; Selma Kadic-Maglajlic, Copenhagen Business School

KEYWORDS

regulation of emotion; helpfulness; displayed positive emotion

ABSTRACT

Using the observer’s perspective (i.e. the customer’s), this study examines how differing levels of salesperson’s regulation of emotion (ROE) affect customer satisfaction with the interaction. Furthermore, the study investigates how the two key strategic options for increasing the interaction quality, i.e. salesperson’s displayed positive emotion (DPE) and helpfulness, shape the “ROE-customer satisfaction” link. Support is found for the hypothesized inverted U-shaped effect of ROE on customer satisfaction implying that the customers are most satisfied with interaction when salespeople exhibit optimal levels of ROE. In addition, both DPE and helpfulness moderate this relationship, albeit in different directions. Whereas helpfulness makes the “ROE-customer satisfaction” link more pronounced, for DPE the effect is reversed, where results indicate a flip in the curve on the higher lever for extreme values of ROE when DPE is high. The theoretical and practical implications of these findings are discussed.

REFERENCES

Funded by BMBWF, The Centre for International Cooperation & Mobility (ICM) of the Austrian Agency for International Cooperation in Education and Research (OeAD-GmbH), Project No: BIH 04/2019.