This research explores how the experience of a jilt-the anticipation and subsequent inaccessibility of a highly desirable, aspirant option-influences preference for incumbent and non-incumbent options. The authors conceptualize jilting as a multi-stage process, which consists of a pre-jilt anticipatory phase that is initiated on the introduction of an aspirant option arid a post-jilt phase that is initiated when the aspirant option becomes inaccessible. They show that during the anticipatory phase, a process of denigration specific to the incumbent option is engendered. The subsequent jilt elicits a negative emotional response. During the affectively charged post-jilt phase, preference shifts away from the now-denigrated incumbent option, yielding a jilting effect. In four field and laboratory studies, the authors establish this jilting effect, rule out alternative accounts, and discuss the theoretical and managerial implications of the findings.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||14|
|Journal||Journal of Marketing Research|
|State||Published - Oct 2017|
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Business and International Management
- Economics and Econometrics