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Title: Opportunistic customer claiming during service recovery
Authors: Wirtz, J. 
McColl-Kennedy, J.R.
Keywords: Cheating
Opportunistic customer behavior
Service recovery
Issue Date: 2010
Citation: Wirtz, J., McColl-Kennedy, J.R. (2010). Opportunistic customer claiming during service recovery. Journal of the Academy of Marketing Science 38 (5) : 654-675. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: Although a potentially significant issue to managers and academics alike, opportunistic customer behavior in the service recovery context has been largely ignored. A multi-stage research program, comprising actual customer claims (Study 1), in depth customer interviews (Study 2) and three experimental studies (Studies 3, 4, 5), explored opportunistic customer claiming behavior during service recovery and yielded robust findings across methods, contexts and samples. Potential determinants of opportunistic claiming in a service recovery context were identified by drawing on the justice, self-concept maintenance and neutralization theories. The findings support the hypothesis that when experiencing lower distributive, procedural and interactional justice, respondents were more likely to be opportunistic in their claiming. Further more, consumers were more likely to be opportunistic when dealing with large compared to small firms, and when they were in one-time transactions compared to when they had an established relationship with the firm. Finally, increased claiming in general, and opportunistic claiming in particular, did not lead to increased satisfaction with the service recovery. © 2009 Academy of Marketing Science.
Source Title: Journal of the Academy of Marketing Science
ISSN: 00920703
DOI: 10.1007/s11747-009-0177-6
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