This study investigated the potential benefits of employees’ customer orientation to service providers. To achieve that aim, the author tested relationships between customer focus (creating value for customers) and customer feedback (seeking evaluations of work and quality) and perceived service quality and customers’ affective commitment and loyalty to service firms. Mail survey data were collected from customers of two call centers in Australia. The samples consisted of end “consumers” of insurance services (n = 289) and business “customers” of a bank (n = 325). Two key findings emerged from the final structural model. First, customer focus was related to loyalty, with partial mediation by perceived service quality. Second, and in contrast, customer feedback exhibited a direct relationship only to affective commitment. The findings were highly consistent for the two samples and have implications for both managers and researchers.
Journal of Service Research Vol. 10, Issue 2, p. 161-173