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You do the service but they take the order


  • Chiou, Jyh-Shen
  • Wu, Lei-Yu
  • Chou, Szu-Yu


This study examines how consumers use the techniques of neutralization to rationalize their multichannel research shopping behaviors in terms of different product purchasing situations and different groups of consumers. Empirical results support the following conclusions. Both students and professionals understand that their behavior may hurt the physical retailer and they don't accuse misconduct of the book store and car sales. They seem to believe that they are not personally accountable for the questionable behavior and their behavior is not serious for a physical book store vs. a car dealership. Students are more tolerable with the unethical behavior than business professionals, and more likely to neutralize their behavior by a belief that forces beyond their control.

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  • Chiou, Jyh-Shen & Wu, Lei-Yu & Chou, Szu-Yu, 2012. "You do the service but they take the order," Journal of Business Research, Elsevier, vol. 65(7), pages 883-889.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:jbrese:v:65:y:2012:i:7:p:883-889
    DOI: 10.1016/j.jbusres.2011.06.035

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    1. Carlton, Dennis W & Chevalier, Judith A, 2001. "Free Riding and Sales Strategies for the Internet," Journal of Industrial Economics, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 49(4), pages 441-461, December.
    2. Strutton, David & Vitell, Scott J. & Pelton, Lou E., 1994. "How consumers may justify inappropriate behavior in market settings: An application on the techniques of neutralization," Journal of Business Research, Elsevier, vol. 30(3), pages 253-260, July.
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    1. Chou, Szu-Yu & Shen, George C. & Chiu, Hung-Chang & Chou, Yu-Tsun, 2016. "Multichannel service providers' strategy: Understanding customers' switching and free-riding behavior," Journal of Business Research, Elsevier, vol. 69(6), pages 2226-2232.
    2. Mateja Kos Koklic & Monika Kukar-Kinney & Irena Vida, 2016. "Three-Level Mechanism of Consumer Digital Piracy: Development and Cross-Cultural Validation," Journal of Business Ethics, Springer, vol. 134(1), pages 15-27, March.
    3. Yu-Min Wang & Hsin-Hui Lin & Wei-Chun Tai & Yi-Ling Fan, 2016. "Understanding multi-channel research shoppers: an analysis of Internet and physical channels," Information Systems and e-Business Management, Springer, vol. 14(2), pages 389-413, May.


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