Exploring consumer conflict management in service encounters


Beverland, M. B., Kates, S. M., Lindgreen, A. and Chung, E., 2010. Exploring consumer conflict management in service encounters. Journal of the Academy of Marketing Science, 38 (5), pp. 617-633.

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Consumer researchers have yet to examine how consumers frame and deal with conflict. Understanding how consumers manage conflict is essential for service providers seeking to effectively recover instances of service failure, and avoid the costs associated with increasing instances of consumer anger. Using a modified grounded theory approach, we develop a model of consumer conflict management drawing on 39 informant accounts of service failures. The emergent model proposes that consumers’ conflict style is related to whether conflict is framed in task or personal terms. Task-framed conflicts resulted in more productive conflict styles than those framed in personal terms. Self vs. other orientation moderated the relationship between conflict frame and conflict style. These findings help us better understand the nature of consumer conflict and identify the importance of carefully targeting service recovery efforts to reduce instances of anger.


Item Type Articles
CreatorsBeverland, M. B., Kates, S. M., Lindgreen, A. and Chung, E.
DepartmentsSchool of Management
ID Code25451


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