Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10397/27566
Title: Is satisfaction enough to ensure reciprocity with upscale restaurants? The role of gratitude relative to satisfaction
Authors: Kim, S 
Lee, JS 
Keywords: Gratitude
Satisfaction
Relationship benefits
Reciprocal behaviors
Upscale restaurant
Issue Date: 2013
Publisher: Pergamon Press
Source: International journal of hospitality management, 2013, v. 33, p. 118-128 How to cite?
Journal: International journal of hospitality management 
Abstract: This study aims to investigate the role of gratitude, relative to satisfaction, that underlies reciprocal behavior in the upscale restaurant industry. The findings showed that gratitude served as a more reliable and stronger predictor of favorable reciprocal behavior compared to satisfaction. Relational benefits, including confidence, social, and special treatment benefits, were found to be the most powerful antecedents to gratitude. Food quality caused the most satisfaction and simultaneously evoked a feeling of gratitude. Employee service quality affected only satisfaction. The physical environment alone did not influence either gratitude or satisfaction. Gratitude prompted favorable reciprocal behavior, whereas satisfaction did not. Examining the differential effects of antecedents on gratitude vs. satisfaction will enable restaurant managers to understand the different consequences and distinct emotional features between gratitude and satisfaction, and thus establish strong reciprocity with customers by evoking feelings of gratitude.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10397/27566
ISSN: 0278-4319
EISSN: 1873-4693
DOI: 10.1016/j.ijhm.2012.06.009
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