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How Does Religion Affect Consumer Response to Failure and Recovery by Firms?

Jamie D Hyodo, Lisa E Bolton, Darren W DahlEditor, J Jeffrey Inman and Naomi Mandel

Journal of Consumer Research, 2021, vol. 47, issue 5, 807-828

Abstract: How might religion influence consumer behavior in the marketplace? The present research proposes that failure and subsequent firm recovery efforts represent a domain that may be particularly sensitive to religion. Specifically, we demonstrate that religion salience promotes a more positive response to failure when accompanied by recovery. This effect is due to heightened forgiveness, a religious value held by many major world religions, which is triggered by signals of firm repentance. In a series of eight studies, theorizing is extended to the moderating roles of both religiosity (with implications for the religion–forgiveness discrepancy) and recovery content (comparing apology vs. compensation) and evidence of generalizability across several major religious affiliations is provided. This research highlights the importance of religion salience to marketers operating in failure–recovery contexts.

Keywords: religion; religion salience; failure and recovery; forgiveness; religion–forgiveness discrepancy (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2021
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