Testing airline passengers' responses to flight attendants' expressive displays: The effects of positive affect

Sandra Gountas, Michael Thomas Ewing, John Gountas

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Abstract

Much of the marketing and management literature is concerned with the relationship between service providers positive affective displays, the consumers perception of authentic service delivery and their reported satisfaction [Grandey AA. When The Show Must Go On : surface acting and deep acting as determinants of emotional exhaustion and peer-rated service delivery. Acad Manage J 2003;46(l):86-96; Tsai WC, Huang YM. Mechanisms linking employee affective delivery and customer behavioural intentions. J Appl Psychol 20021-87(5):1001-8. Pugh SD. Service with a smile: emotional contagion in the service encounter. Acad Manage J 2001;44(5):1018-1927; Price L, Arnould E, Tierney P. Going to extremes: managing service encounters and assessing provider performance. In: Bateson J, Hoffman, Douglas K. (Eds.), Managing Services Marketing, 1999, Orlando, FL: Dryden Press (pp. 249-266)]. This paper responds to the need for further research in the relationship between service providers positive affective displays and consumers perception of authentic service delivery; and the relationship between these and reported satisfaction [Price L, Amould E, Tierney R Going to extremes: managing service encounters and assessing provider performance. In: Bateson J, Hoffman, Douglas K. (Eds.), Managing Services Marketing, 1999, Orlando, FL: Dryden Press (pp. 249-266); Pugh SD. Service with a smile: emotional contagion in the service encounter. Acad Manage J 2001;44(5):1018-1927; Grandey AA. When The Show Must Go On : surface acting and deep acting as determinants of emotional exhaustion and peer-rated service delivery. Acad Manage J 2003;46(l):86-96]. Research conducted with a national airline in 2003 is analysed to measure the influence of service providers positive expressive displays on life satisfaction, overall consumption satisfaction and intention to repurchase. The findings indicate a strong positive relationship between, and within affective displays, overall
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)81 - 83
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Business Research
Volume60
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2006

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