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Impacts of Reputation for Quality on Company Responsibility and Product-related Dangers in times of Product-recall and Public Complaints Crises: Results from an Empirical Investigation

  • This research paper analyzes the role of pre-crisis reputation for quality on consumers ’ perceptions of product-related dangers and company responsibility in product-harm crises with varying risk information. We consider (non-) substantiated public complaints incorporating low and moderate product- related risks, as well as product-recall situations involving serious risks to the health and safety of consumers. Hypotheses are derived from theories and concepts of consumer behavioural psychology. These are then tested empirically by using an online experiment. The effects of reputation are analyzed across different crises contexts to derive some general insights useful for crisis management. In order to shed light on situational differences of the reputation mechanism its effect on individual crisis level will also be considered. In general, the analysis fi nds that reputation for quality is capable of positively infl uencing the perceptions of company responsibility and thereby shielding the manufacturer from receiving blame. However, an established reputation for high product quality prior to the crisis fails to positively impacting consumers ’ perceptions of problem severity. The crisis-specifi c effects of reputation turn out to be ambivalent. On the basis of these fi ndings, recommendations to crisis managers and relevant avenues for future research are derived.

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Author:Guido GrunwaldORCiD
Title (English):Impacts of Reputation for Quality on Company Responsibility and Product-related Dangers in times of Product-recall and Public Complaints Crises: Results from an Empirical Investigation
Parent Title (English):Corporate reputation review
Document Type:Article
Language:English
Year of Completion:2011
electronic ID:Zur Anzeige in scinos
Release Date:2019/01/28
Volume:13
Issue:4
First Page:264
Last Page:283
Faculties:Fakultät MKT / Institut für Duale Studiengänge
DDC classes:300 Sozialwissenschaften / 330 Wirtschaft
Review Status:Veröffentlichte Fassung/Verlagsversion