A Customer Perspective on Product Eliminations: How the Removal of Products Affects Customers and Business Relationships

Journal article


Publication Details

Author(s): Homburg C, Fürst A, Prigge JK
Journal: Journal of the Academy of Marketing Science
Publisher: SAGE Publications (UK and US) / Springer Verlag (Germany)
Publication year: 2010
Volume: 38
Journal issue: 5
Pages range: 531-549
ISSN: 0092-0703


Abstract


Regardless of the apparent need for product eliminations, many managers hesitate to act as they fear deleterious effects on customer satisfaction and loyalty. Other managers do carry out product eliminations, but often fail to consider the consequences for customers and business relationships. Given the relevance and problems of product eliminations, research on this topic in general and on the consequences for customers and business relationships in particular is surprisingly scarce. Therefore, this empirical study explores how and to what extent the elimination of a product negatively affects customers and business relationships. Results indicate that eliminating a product may result in severe economic and psychological costs to customers, thereby seriously decreasing customer satisfaction and loyalty. This paper also shows that these costs are not exogenous in nature. Instead, depending on the characteristics of the eliminated product these costs are found to be more or less strongly driven by a company's behavior when implementing the elimination at the customer interface. © 2009 Academy of Marketing Science.



FAU Authors / FAU Editors

Fürst, Andreas Prof. Dr.
Lehrstuhl für Betriebswirtschaftslehre, insbesondere Marketing


External institutions
Universität Mannheim


How to cite

APA:
Homburg, C., Fürst, A., & Prigge, J.-K. (2010). A Customer Perspective on Product Eliminations: How the Removal of Products Affects Customers and Business Relationships. Journal of the Academy of Marketing Science, 38(5), 531-549. https://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11747-009-0174-9

MLA:
Homburg, Christian, Andreas Fürst, and Jana-Kristin Prigge. "A Customer Perspective on Product Eliminations: How the Removal of Products Affects Customers and Business Relationships." Journal of the Academy of Marketing Science 38.5 (2010): 531-549.

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