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The effect of customer-initiated justice on customer-oriented behaviors

Jin Ho Jung, Tom J. Brown and Alex R. Zablah

Journal of Business Research, 2017, vol. 71, issue C, 38-46

Abstract: Researchers have been thorough in their examination of the influence of organizational factors (e.g., supervisors, climate) on employees' perceptions of justice in the workplace. However, much less effort has been directed toward understanding how factors external to the organization – namely, customers – influence perceived justice. This represents an important omission because frontline employees are often held accountable for customer satisfaction which, ultimately, may depend on customers' initial treatment of frontline employees. The research reported herein explores this possibility by proposing that (1) customer interpersonal justice enhances employee-customer fit, (2) customer informational justice increases both employee-customer fit and self-efficacy, and (3) employee-customer fit and self-efficacy interact in prediction of frontline employee customer-oriented behaviors. The results affirm the proposed relationships and thus provide initial evidence that employee-customer fit and self-efficacy mediate the effects of perceived customer-justice on customer-oriented behaviors; the implications of these findings for theory and practice are discussed.

Keywords: Interpersonal justice; Informational justice; Employee-customer fit; Self-efficacy; Customer-oriented behaviors (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2017
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