On the Importance of Complaint Handling Design : A Multi-Level Analysis of the Impact in Specific Complaint Situations


Homburg, Christian ; Fürst, Andreas ; Koschate, Nicole


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URL: https://ub-madoc.bib.uni-mannheim.de/27340
URN: urn:nbn:de:bsz:180-madoc-273408
Document Type: Working paper
Year of publication: 2009
The title of a journal, publication series: Reihe: Wissenschaftliche Arbeitspapiere / Institut für Marktorientierte Unternehmensführung
Volume: W128e
Place of publication: Mannheim
Publishing house: Inst. für Marktorientierte Unternehmensführung, Univ. Mannheim
Publication language: English
Institution: Business School > ABWL u. Marketing I (Homburg)
Subject: 330 Economics
Abstract: Given the large investments required for high-quality complaint handling design, managers need practical guidance in understanding its actual importance for their particular company. However, while prior research emphasizes the general relevance of complaint handling design, it fails to provide a more differentiated perspective on this interesting issue. This study, which is based on an integrative multi-level framework and a dyadic dataset, addresses this important gap in research. Results indicate that the impact of a company’s complaint handling design varies significantly depending on the characteristics of the complaining customers with which the firm has to deal. Further, this paper shows that, contingent on these characteristics, a company’s complaint handling design can shape complainants’ fairness perceptions either considerably or only slightly. Overall, findings suggest that companies should apply an adaptive approach to complaint handling to avoid misallocation of attention, energy, and resources.

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