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How CSR influences customer behavioural loyalty in the Chinese hotel industry
Matthew Tingchi Liu1; Yongdan Liu1; Ziying Mo2; Zhidong Zhao3; Zhenghao Zhu4
2019-05-23
Source PublicationAsia Pacific Journal of Marketing and Logistics
ISSN1355-5855
Abstract

Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to focus on how corporate social responsibility (CSR) (i.e. responsibility to customers, employees and society) influences customer behavioural loyalty in the hotel industry. The mediating effects of brand image and customer trust on the relationship between CSR and customer behavioural loyalty are also considered.

Design/methodology/approach – In total, 298 valid responses to questionnaire surveys were collected from a convenience sample in China in 2017. A structural equation model was used to test the hypotheses.

Findings – Hotel customer behavioural loyalty can be enhanced by CSR performance. Performance in each of the three CSR domains positively impacted customer behavioural loyalty to different degrees. The impact of CSR on the customer had the strongest influence on Chinese customers’ behavioural loyalty among the three CSR domains of customer, employee and society. Brand image and customer trust were found to be mediators of the relationship between CSR performance and customer behavioural loyalty.

Originality/value – The current research contributes to the literature by demonstrating that CSR activities are not all equally effective. Results reveal that the society dimension of CSR had the strongest impact on Chinese customers’ brand image of hotels among the three CSR dimensions investigated. In terms of Chinese hotel customers’ trust, the CSR–customer dimension plays the most effective role. The findings also support the notion that Chinese consumers are beginning to use CSR information to evaluate hotels.

KeywordChina Corporate Social Responsibility Brand Image Hotel Customer Trust Customer Behavioural Loyalty
DOIhttps://doi.org/10.1108/APJML-04-2018-0160
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Language英语
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Document TypeJournal article
CollectionDEPARTMENT OF MANAGEMENT AND MARKETING
Corresponding AuthorZiying Mo
Affiliation1.Faculty of Business Administration, University of Macau, Macau, China
2.International School of Business & Finance, Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou, China
3.Business School, University of Nottingham, Ningbo, China
4.Department of Business Administration, Zhejiang Business Technology Institute, Ningbo, China
First Author AffilicationFaculty of Business Administration
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Matthew Tingchi Liu,Yongdan Liu,Ziying Mo,et al. How CSR influences customer behavioural loyalty in the Chinese hotel industry[J]. Asia Pacific Journal of Marketing and Logistics,2019.
APA Matthew Tingchi Liu,Yongdan Liu,Ziying Mo,Zhidong Zhao,&Zhenghao Zhu.(2019).How CSR influences customer behavioural loyalty in the Chinese hotel industry.Asia Pacific Journal of Marketing and Logistics.
MLA Matthew Tingchi Liu,et al."How CSR influences customer behavioural loyalty in the Chinese hotel industry".Asia Pacific Journal of Marketing and Logistics (2019).
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