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Title: Stressor effects of negative online reviews on anger and burnout in the restaurant industry
Authors: Weber, K 
Bradley, GL
Sparks, B
Keywords: Customer related stressors
e-Word of mouth
Negative online reviews
Issue Date: 2017
Publisher: Emerald Group Publishing Ltd.
Source: International journal of contemporary hospitality management, 2017, v. 29, no. 11, p. 2847-2866 How to cite?
Journal: International journal of contemporary hospitality management 
Abstract: Purpose: Owners, managers and employees may be criticized personally and professionally by consumers in online reviews, and may suffer emotional and burnout consequences. The purpose of this paper is to examine the impact of customer-generated negative online reviews on hospitality employees. Design/methodology/approach: This research analyzed the effects of traditional face-to-face customer-related social stressors, as well as a newly added negative online review (NOR) stressor, on anger and burnout in a sample of 418 US hospitality workers. Findings: Structural equation modeling revealed that, after taking into account the contribution of customer-related social stressors, receipt of NORs predicts anger and anger mediates the relationships between NOR-receipt and two indices of burnout. Practical implications: This research extends our understanding of social stressors that apply to workers in the hospitality industry. It offers strategies for managing the threats and optimizing the opportunities, provided by negative online reviews. Originality/value: This study is one of the first studies that provide evidence of the personal impact of NORs on hospitality industry employees, thereby extending our understanding of social stressors that apply to workers in this industry.
ISSN: 0959-6119
EISSN: 1757-1049
DOI: 10.1108/IJCHM-10-2016-0560
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