Attributes of service delivery modes and their impact on consumer satisfaction

Beatson, Amanda T. & Coote, Leonard V. (2002) Attributes of service delivery modes and their impact on consumer satisfaction. In Australia and New Zealand Marketing Academy Conference, 3-5 December 2002, Melbourne.


Consumersatisfaction is fundamental to organisational success. It is well recognised that personal service is important in achieving consumer satisfaction. However, the application of self-service technology (SST) is widcning and is attennuating traditional exchanges between consumers and service employees. The effect of this reduction of personal service on consumer satisfaction judgements is not well understood. This study addresses this gap by investigating the relative effects of SST and personal service attributes on overall consumer satisfaction. Thc study highlights important service attributes applicable to SST and personal service. The conceptual framework is tested using data collected from 241 leisure and business travellers drawn from premium hotels in a regional area. Structural equation modelling techniques support the conceptual framework. As expected, the attributes of personal service and SST contribute to consumer satisfaction. However, thc impact of personal service attributes 011 consumer satisfaction is much stronger than the effects of SST attributes. Though SST is an important determinant of consumer satisfaction, interactions with staff are critical. These results have applications for the theory and practice of services marketing, and high light avenues for further investigation.

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ID Code: 25872
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Consumer satisfaction, personal service, self-service technology
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > MARKETING (150500) > Marketing Management (incl. Strategy and Customer Relations) (150503)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Current > Schools > School of Advertising, Marketing & Public Relations
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2002 Amanda T. Beatson and Leonard V. Coote
Deposited On: 28 Jul 2009 21:47
Last Modified: 05 Jan 2011 13:51

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