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The role of emotions in utilitarian service settings: The effects of emotional satisfaction on product perception and behavioral intentions

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  • Ladhari, Riadh
  • Souiden, Nizar
  • Dufour, Béatrice

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The role of emotions in hedonic service settings is well established, but their role in utilitarian service settings has received scant attention. This research attempts to fill this gap by investigating the effects of customers’ perceptions of service quality and servicescape on their emotional reactions, and their perceptions of product quality and subsequent behavioral intentions. Data are collected from 189 clients/patients who visited an optometry clinic. The study reports that perceived service quality (reliability, responsiveness, assurance, and empathy) and service environment (atmosphere and layout) both increase positive emotional satisfaction. In turn, positive emotional satisfaction leads to a high perception of product quality, high recommendation, patronage intention, and likelihood of purchase. Additionally, product quality perceptions have a significant positive impact on behavioral intentions.

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  • Ladhari, Riadh & Souiden, Nizar & Dufour, Béatrice, 2017. "The role of emotions in utilitarian service settings: The effects of emotional satisfaction on product perception and behavioral intentions," Journal of Retailing and Consumer Services, Elsevier, vol. 34(C), pages 10-18.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:joreco:v:34:y:2017:i:c:p:10-18
    DOI: 10.1016/j.jretconser.2016.09.005
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