Conservative Choice, Service Failure, and Customer Loyalty: Testing the Limits of Informed Choice

David A. Cranage

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Abstract

Previous research has suggested that an informed choice maintains or increases loyalty as a result of causing customers to share the responsibility for service failures. The research, however, was only with risky choices- high payoff with high chance of service failure. For example, a table with a good view, but in demand and in a busy section, may have slow service. Does an informed choice maintain or increase loyalty when the alternative chosen is a conservative choice-low payoff with low chance of service failure? If the effect is because of empowerment alone, it should not extend to a conservative choice because the information indicated a low chance of failure. However, if the effect is also from a respect for disclosure the effect should extend because a failure outcome does not change the fact of disclosure. The studies, one in the lab and one in the field, test this suggestion.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)327-345
Number of pages19
JournalJournal of Hospitality and Tourism Research
Volume28
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2004

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Education
  • Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality Management

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