Conceptualizing negatively valenced influencing behavior: forms and triggers

Azer, J. and Alexander, M. J. (2018) Conceptualizing negatively valenced influencing behavior: forms and triggers. Journal of Service Management, 29(3), pp. 468-490. (doi:10.1108/JOSM-12-2016-0326)

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Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to show how customers engage in negatively valenced influencing behavior (NVIB) and what triggers customers to use different forms of NVIB in an online context. Design/methodology/approach: A qualitative study is conducted using an unobtrusive netnography. Data collected comprise of 954 negatively valenced online reviews posted on TripAdvisor to hotels, restaurants, and “things to do” in 12 different destinations worldwide. Findings: Drawing on the recent literature relating to customer engagement behavior (CEB), this paper identifies and conceptualizes the relationship between five cognitive (service failure, overpricing, deception) and emotional (disappointment and insecurity) triggers of six forms of direct (dissuading, warning, and endorsing competitors) and indirect (discrediting, expressing regret, and deriding) NVIB. Research limitations/implications: The unobtrusive netnography has inherent limitations that lend itself to inductive rich insights rather than generalization. The study only focuses on NVIB within a specific online context, namely, TripAdvisor. Practical implications: This paper provides managers with knowledge of the specific triggers of NVIB. Additionally, the paper conceptualizes the various forms of NVIB, how customers use them, and what triggers them to use each form. Moreover, the paper offers relevant data-inferred recommendations to service managers on how to manage each form of NVIB. Originality/value: This research is the first to identify the forms and triggers of NVIB, classify direct and indirect forms, and conceptualize the relationships between forms and triggers.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Azer, Dr Jaylan
Authors: Azer, J., and Alexander, M. J.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > Adam Smith Business School > Management
Journal Name:Journal of Service Management
Publisher:Emerald
ISSN:1757-5818
ISSN (Online):1757-5826
Published Online:04 May 2018
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2018 Emerald Publishing Limited
First Published:First published in Journal of Service Management 29(3):468-490
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher

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