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Towards a comprehensive taxonomy and model of consumer complaining behaviour

Boote, J. (1998) Towards a comprehensive taxonomy and model of consumer complaining behaviour. Journal of Consumer Satisfaction, Dissatisfaction and Complaining Behavior, 11. pp. 140-151. ISSN 0899-8620


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The most widely used taxonomy of consumer complaining behaviour (Singh 1988) is limited in two respects: (1) it oversimplifies the key types of complaining behaviour - for example negative word-of-mouth need not just be a private action; and (2) it fails to appreciate that complaining behaviour often has two stages as certain CCB types (such as third party action) may only be entered into once other CCB types have failed to generate a satisfactory level of perceived justice. This paper offers a two-factor taxonomy of CCB which takes into account these issues. Complaint types are classified in terms of whether they are primary or secondary, and in terms of whether they are involved or uninvolved. This paper also offers a comprehensive model of CCB: which builds on the conceptual approach of Blodgett and Granbois (1992) by considering the whole CCB process as having four stages: (1) cognitive reasoning; (2) affective response; (3) triggers of consumer dissatisfaction responses; and (4) affective action. It is argued that there are eight major triggers of which lead to a main dissatisfaction response (or a set of responses); each trigger being made up of a number of dimensions. The paper concludes by discussing possible directions for future research.

Item Type: Article
Copyright, Publisher and Additional Information: Reproduced in accordance with the journal's policy.
Institution: The University of Sheffield
Academic Units: The University of Sheffield > Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health (Sheffield) > School of Health and Related Research (Sheffield) > Section of Public Health (Sheffield)
Depositing User: Repository Officer
Date Deposited: 06 Aug 2009 08:51
Last Modified: 10 Jun 2014 03:24
Published Version: http://lilt.ilstu.edu/staylor/csdcb/articles/Volum...
Status: Published
Publisher: Illinois State University
Refereed: Yes
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/9061

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