Contrary to conventional wisdom, findings of this study suggest that of relationship marketing orientation and relationship quality are positively correlated to customers’ commitment even after negative brand publicity.
Shubhomoy Banerjee, Assistant Professor, Jindal Global Business School, O.P. Jindal Global University, Sonipat, Haryana, India.
Abhijit Ghosh, Bob Gaglardi School of Business and Economics, Thompson Rivers University, Kamloops, Canada.
The purpose of this study is to study the impact of relationship marketing orientation (RMO) and relationship quality on customers’ commitment and pro-marketer behavior (positive word of mouth and external attribution) after negative brand publicity by using the combined lens of relationship marketing theory and the theory of cognitive dissonance.
A survey was conducted among banking customers in India using an online questionnaire. Data were analyzed using structural equation modeling and the bootstrapping procedure using the SPSS process macro.
Contrary to conventional wisdom, findings of this study suggest that RMO and relationship quality are positively correlated to commitment even after negative publicity. The path between RMO, relationship quality and pro-provider behavior is found to be mediated by commitment. This indirect path is moderated by customers’ cognitive dissonance arising out of the negative publicity.
The study establishes the combined roles of RMO and relationship quality in pre-empting the detrimental effects of negative brand publicity. Further, it establishes interactions of cognitive dissonance with these relationship variables, thereby bringing together literature from relationship marketing theory and cognitive dissonance theory.
Published in: Asia-Pacific Journal of Business Administration
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