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Examining the antecedents and consequences of gratitude


Fazal-E-Hasan, S and Mortimer, G and Lings, IN and Neale, L, Examining the antecedents and consequences of gratitude, Journal of Services Marketing, 31, (1) pp. 34-47. ISSN 0887-6045 (2017) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1108/JSM-01-2016-0048


This study aims to propose the emotional response of gratitude as a mediating mechanism to explain the relationship between perceptions of a service organisationsí relationship marketing investments, customer cynicism and reciprocity and overall satisfaction. Further, the study seeks to test the significance of the mediation effects of these constructs on customer overall satisfaction.

Design/methodology/approach Using theories from service marketing and consumer psychology, this study develops and tests a customer gratitude model (CGM). Field surveys based on existing measures were used to elicit data from 1,104 respondents. The measures were validated and subsequently the CGM was tested to establish the veracity if the nomological network presented.

Findings Results indicate that perceived relationship marketing investment exerted an indirect effect on gratitude through the mediating effect of reciprocity and cynicism. Further, perceived relationship marketing investments impacted overall satisfaction through its mediating effect of gratitude, and gratitude explained the indirect influences of reciprocity and customer cynicism on overall satisfaction.

Research limitations/implications This study contributes to services marketing literature by examining the emergent role of gratitude between customer perceptions of service organisations and pro-organisational attitudes, like overall satisfaction.

Practical implications This research encourages service organisations to implement relationship-building strategies, beyond that of purely economic benefits, that seek to enhance the emotion of gratitude, which will lead to greater overall customer satisfaction.

Originality/value Despite emphasising relationship longevity between customers and service organisations, literature has not yet focused on the role of gratitude. The CGM provides valuable insights for further inquiries.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:customer satisfaction, reciprocity, cynicism, customer gratitude, relationship marketing investments
Research Division:Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services
Research Group:Marketing
Research Field:Marketing research methodology
Objective Division:Economic Framework
Objective Group:Management and productivity
Objective Field:Marketing
UTAS Author:Fazal-E-Hasan, S (Dr Syed Fazal-E-Hasan)
ID Code:114288
Year Published:2017
Web of Science® Times Cited:17
Deposited By:TSBE
Deposited On:2017-02-10
Last Modified:2018-05-21

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