Customer Satisfaction: A Strategic Review and Guidelines for Managers
MSI Fast Forward Series, Marketing Science Institute, Cambridge, MA, 2010
28 Pages Posted: 27 Oct 2013
Date Written: 2010
Superior customer satisfaction provides a clear strategic advantage and an inimitable resource for a firm — particularly in today’s complex and often uncertain markets. Two decades of academic research have quantified the impact of customer satisfaction on a number of beneficial customer behaviors and consequent financial performance. It is clear that firms that manage their customers as well as costs realize greater financial returns compared to firms that ignore customer satisfaction. In the pages that follow, we provide a strategic overview of this research to enable managers to use customer satisfaction in the strategic planning processes of their firms. After defining customer satisfaction, we discuss how customer satisfaction is measured and analyzed, provide an overview of research on antecedents and outcomes of customer satisfaction, and offer recommendations for managers on how to achieve a successful customer-focused strategy.
Keywords: customer satisfaction
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