The effect of gaze on consumers’ encounter evaluation
2016 (English)In: International Journal of Retail & Distribution Management, ISSN 0959-0552, E-ISSN 1758-6690, Vol. 44, no 4, 372-396 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Purpose – The research concerns the effect of frontline employees’ averted or direct gaze on consumers’ evaluation of the encounter. The purpose of this paper is to demonstrate that in normal interactions, a direct or averted gaze affects people’s evaluation of others. The question was whether this finding would hold true in commercial interactions.
Design/methodology/approach – The authors conducted three experiments using a written scenario with a photograph among a total sample of 612 participants.
Findings – This research showed that consumers’ social impression of the frontline employees mediated the effect of the employees’ gazing behaviour on consumers’ emotions and satisfaction with the encounters. The findings also showed that averting gaze had a negative effect on consumers’ first impression of the frontline employee, which affected consumers’ satisfaction with the encounter. The findings also showed that a direct gaze had a negative effect on encounter satisfaction when consumers sought to purchase embarrassing products.
Originality/value – The research demonstrated that the effect of gaze on encounter satisfaction was mediated by the social impression and moderated by consumers’ approach/avoidance motivation.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Emerald Group Publishing Limited, 2016. Vol. 44, no 4, 372-396 p.
Satisfaction, Frontline employee, Encounter experience, Eye gaze, Social impression
Research subject Psychology
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-41915DOI: 10.1108/IJRDM-03-2015-0034ISI: 000381914700002OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-41915DiVA: diva2:923027