Tailoring management response to negative reviews: The effectiveness of accommodative versus defensive responses

Chunyu LI*, Geng CUI, Ling PENG

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

Firms increasingly respond to online customer reviews on public platforms to influence prospective consumers and enhance profitability. This paper highlighted the importance of semantically tailoring management responses according to the content of the reviews and examined the impact of such responses on prospective consumers and future sales. Based on a field study and an experiment, we found that an accommodative response to the product failure review and a defensive response to the ordinary negative review were effective at increasing sales and enhancing consumer purchase intentions. The effect of management response was mediated by the reduced causal attribution of negative reviews to firms. Our findings furnish meaningful implications for firm interventions on online platforms.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)272-284
Number of pages13
JournalComputers in Human Behavior
Volume84
Early online date3 Mar 2018
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2018

Keywords

  • Causal attribution
  • Firm intervention
  • Management response
  • Negative online reviews
  • Tailoring

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