Achieving favourable customer outcomes through employee deviance

Boukis, Achilleas (2016) Achieving favourable customer outcomes through employee deviance. Service Industries Journal, 36 (7-8). pp. 319-338. ISSN 0264-2069

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This study advances current knowledge by examining how employee deviance and customer participation during a single employee-customer exchange generate favourable customer responses. This work bridges the employee deviance stream with the service encounter literature and illustrates the importance of equity theory in deviant service exchanges between customers and employees. Moreover, results add to the ongoing debate on service nepotism by canvassing the consequences from the customer’s active participation in deviant exchanges which appears to enhance customer perceptions of the exchange. A 3x2 between-subjects experimental design was adopted which manipulates three types of pro-customer deviance along with customer’s participation (or not) to the exchange. The dependent variables capture three types of perceived customer justice (cognitive outcomes) and customer’s affective state (affective outcome). Findings illustrate that customers approve employees’ deviance for their own benefit while also indicate favourable outcomes from deviant exchanges with employees such as higher perceived justice and a more positive affective state. The article concludes with a discussion of the theoretical and managerial implications, limitations and research directions that emerge from this study.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: University of Sussex Business School > Business and Management
Depositing User: Achilleas Boukis
Date Deposited: 02 Aug 2016 13:06
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2019 16:30

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