Contributing to well-being: customer citizenship behaviors directed to service personnel

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Garma, Romana and Bove, Liliana (2011) Contributing to well-being: customer citizenship behaviors directed to service personnel. Journal of Strategic Marketing, 19 (7). pp. 633-649. ISSN 0965-254X


The well-being of service personnel is an important issue to businesses given the crucial role they play as the interface between customers and the organization. Various life events and positive interaction with others contribute to an individual’s level of well-being. This research focuses on helpful, discretionary behaviors of customers directed to service personnel. Open-ended elicitation procedures with hospitality and retail service personnel identified six categories of customer citizenship behaviors directed to service personnel that were perceived as helpful and not expected for successful service delivery. These were: assumed employee behavior; advocacy; consultancy; sportsmanship; social support and courtesy. Applying Social Production Function (SPF) theory our findings suggest that customer citizenship behaviors may assist service personnel to attain the instrumental goals of: comfort; stimulation; status; behavioral confirmation; and affection and thus subjective well-being.

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Item type Article
DOI 10.1080/0965254X.2011.599495
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Subjects Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of International Business
Historical > FOR Classification > 1504 Services
Historical > SEO Classification > 9104 Management and Productivity
Keywords ResPubID24001, customer citizenship behavior, service personnel, customer extra-role behavior, subjective well-being, Social Production Function theory
Citations in Scopus 27 - View on Scopus
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