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A Lindblomian perspective on customer complaint management policies


  • Hultén, Peter


This research reports the findings of an exploratory study on the everyday management of customer complaints in the French business-to-business sector. A web-based survey rendered 57 eligible responses from managers who deal with customer contacts on an everyday basis. A Lindblomian perspective is applied to analyze customer relationship management (CRM) systems and policies for managing customer complaints. Findings indicate that such systems do not influence how managers perceive their communication with customers. Furthermore, the findings demonstrate that a formal policy for managing customer complaints affects the adjustments that companies make in situations marked by difficulties in choosing solutions to a customer’s problem and knowing what the outcomes will be.

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  • Hultén, Peter, 2012. "A Lindblomian perspective on customer complaint management policies," Journal of Business Research, Elsevier, vol. 65(6), pages 788-793.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:jbrese:v:65:y:2012:i:6:p:788-793
    DOI: 10.1016/j.jbusres.2010.12.017

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    1. Claes Fornell & Birger Wernerfelt, 1988. "A Model for Customer Complaint Management," Marketing Science, INFORMS, vol. 7(3), pages 287-298.
    2. Rajagopal & Romulo Sanchez, 2004. "Analysis of Customer Portfolio and Relationship Management Models : Bridging Managerial Dimensions," Microeconomics 0407001, University Library of Munich, Germany.
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