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The Role of Dedication-Based and Constraint-Based Mechanisms in Consumers’ Sustainable Outcomes in the Coffee Chain Industry

Version 1 : Received: 17 July 2018 / Approved: 17 July 2018 / Online: 17 July 2018 (10:55:47 CEST)

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Kim, B. The Role of Dedication-Based and Constraint-Based Mechanisms in Consumers’ Sustainable Outcomes in the Coffee Chain Industry. Sustainability 2018, 10, 2636. Kim, B. The Role of Dedication-Based and Constraint-Based Mechanisms in Consumers’ Sustainable Outcomes in the Coffee Chain Industry. Sustainability 2018, 10, 2636.

Journal reference: Sustainability 2018, 10, 2636
DOI: 10.3390/su10082636

Abstract

Given the increase in consumers’ preferences for coffee, it is becoming important to understand their decision-making processes in the coffee chain context. To deepen the understanding of sustainable outcomes in this context, this study investigates the role of dedication- and constraint-based mechanisms in forming consumers’ repurchase and positive word-of-mouth (WOM) intentions, two critical sustainable outcomes. We examined the effects of coffee quality, the quality of the physical environment, and service quality in accelerating the formation of dedication-based factors. Moreover, this study offers an in-depth understanding of the enablers of perceived switching costs. Data collected from 238 university students that frequently visit coffee chains are empirically tested against the proposed theoretical framework by using structural equation modeling. The results confirm that both dedication- and constraint-based factors substantially predict consumers’ sustainable outcomes in the coffee chain context. Brand image and perceived switching costs play an important role in enhancing consumers’ repurchase and positive WOM intentions compared with customer satisfaction. Coffee quality is significantly associated with both customer satisfaction and brand image, whereas the quality of the physical environment and service quality are only significantly associated with brand image. Habit is found to be the key enabler of perceived switching costs, while loyalty programs have no significant impact on perceived switching costs.

Subject Areas

sustainable outcomes; dedication-based mechanism; constraint-based mechanism; perceived switching costs; loyalty program

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