The effects of online reviews on service expectations: do cultural value orientations matter?

Nath, P., Devlin, J. ORCID: 0000-0002-1526-8793 and Reid, V., 2018. The effects of online reviews on service expectations: do cultural value orientations matter? Journal of Business Research, 90, pp. 123-133. ISSN 0148-2963

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This study aims to explore the moderating influence of cultural value orientations of consumers on their use of positive and negative electronic word of mouth eWOM (PWOM and NWOM) to develop service expectations. It uses two experimental studies. Study 1 involves analysis of the manipulated effects of consumer-generated eWOM valence with 266 consumers from three different countries. Study 2 comprises of replication of study 1 but with added marketer generated information (imagery of the firm) with 84 consumers. The findings show that cultural value dimensions of power distance and long-term orientation influence how consumers react to PWOM and NWOM. For low power distance and short-term oriented consumers, the degree of impact on expectations is much higher when they encounter NWOM versus PWOM as compared to high power distance and long-term oriented consumers. It suggests a new segmentation strategy for practitioners based on the relationship between the interpretation of online reviews and cultural orientation of individual consumers.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Journal of Business Research
Creators: Nath, P., Devlin, J. and Reid, V.
Publisher: Elsevier BV
Date: September 2018
Volume: 90
ISSN: 0148-2963
Divisions: Schools > Nottingham Business School
Record created by: Laura Ward
Date Added: 11 Jan 2023 15:05
Last Modified: 11 Jan 2023 15:05

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