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The mediating roles of renqing and ganqing in Chinese relationship marketing
Zhou,Xinhua1; Shi,Guicheng2; Liu,Matthew Tingchi3; Bu,Huimei2
Source PublicationNankai Business Review International
ISSN20408757 20408749
AbstractPurpose – This paper aims to investigate the roles of renqing (reciprocal favor) and ganqing (positive affect) as consequences of relationship marketing investments (three dimensions: financial, social and structural) and antecedents of customer loyalty. Design/methodology/approach – A quantitative survey methodology using self-administered questionnaires has been adopted to collect data of 218 procurement staffs from the database of China Purchasing Managers’ Club. Hypotheses tests were conducted using structural equation modeling. Findings – The results reveal that financial and social relationship marketing investments, but not structural relationship marketing investments, are crucial in evoking renqing and ganqing. The results also provide strong evidence of the relationship between renqing and ganqing, which in turn are necessary determinants of customer loyalty. Originality/value – This research is among the first to examine and confirm renqing and ganqing as a mediating mechanism through which financial and social relationship marketing investments influence attitudinal loyalty, and also through attitudinal loyalty ultimately affects behavioral loyalty. Findings imply the need for Chinese firms in general, and business-to-business context in particular, to strategically lever on the key antecedents of customer loyalty including relationship marketing investments, renqing and ganqing, in pursuit of a more competitive advantage and long-term profit.
KeywordComplaint propensity Consumer innovativeness Customer relationship investment Relationship strength
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Faculty of Business Administration
Corresponding AuthorShi,Guicheng
Affiliation1.Zhaoqing University,,Zhaoqing,China
2.School of Business,Macao University of Science and Technology,,Macao,Macao
3.Marketing Department,University of Macau,,Macau,Macao
Corresponding Author AffilicationUniversity of Macau
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Zhou,Xinhua,Shi,Guicheng,Liu,Matthew Tingchi,et al. The mediating roles of renqing and ganqing in Chinese relationship marketing[J]. Nankai Business Review International,2015,6(2):156-176.
APA Zhou,Xinhua,Shi,Guicheng,Liu,Matthew Tingchi,&Bu,Huimei.(2015).The mediating roles of renqing and ganqing in Chinese relationship marketing.Nankai Business Review International,6(2),156-176.
MLA Zhou,Xinhua,et al."The mediating roles of renqing and ganqing in Chinese relationship marketing".Nankai Business Review International 6.2(2015):156-176.
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