Customer Acceptance of Frontline Service Robots

dc.contributor.advisor Mathies, Christine
dc.contributor.advisor Patterson, Paul Amelia, 2022-11-29T04:04:42Z 2022-11-29T04:04:42Z 2022 2022-11-29T01:24:03Z
dc.description.abstract The overall aim of this thesis is to provide a comprehensive understanding of customer acceptance of frontline service robots (FSR). To achieve this goal, three underpinning research objectives were first generated: (1) to develop and empirically examine a model of customer acceptance of FSR; (2) to investigate how customers evaluate and accept FSR in a service failure context; and (3) to examine potential moderators that may change the nature of the relationship in the empirical models. This thesis consists of three stand-alone studies that collectively contribute to understanding customer acceptance of FSR, as well as providing insightful managerial implications. The first study qualitatively explores the underlying factors that customers consider regarding FSR acceptance based on their interaction experiences with an FSR in a retail banking context. The results identified 16 dimensions, grouped into five main themes: the utilitarian aspect, social interaction, customer responses towards FSR, customer perspectives of the company brand, and individual and task heterogeneity. These provided initial evidence with which to develop a comprehensive FSR acceptance model. Drawing on self-determination theory (SDT), Study 2 developed and empirically tested a model of FSR acceptance as a function of the fulfillment of basic human needs. It revealed that FSR can provide psychological comfort by meeting functional and hedonic evaluations (i.e., functionality and enjoyment), that in turn lead to customer willingness to accept the technology. Additionally, implementing FSR can enhance customer perception of a firm’s innovativeness. The need for human interaction was also found to be a moderating variable that strengthens the effect of perceived sociability and social presence on customer evaluation of FSR functionality. Lastly, Study 3 – anchored in attribution theory and the concept of automated social presence – examined customer acceptance of FSR in a service failure context. The results showed that an internal (rather than external) locus of attribution and high social presence displayed by FSR produces a more positive evaluation of FSR functionality and psychological comfort, even when customers experience a service failure incident. Additionally, the findings suggest that perceived failure severity moderates the link between the locus of attribution and customer evaluation of FSR functionality, and psychological comfort.
dc.language English
dc.language.iso en
dc.publisher UNSW, Sydney
dc.rights CC BY 4.0
dc.subject.other Frontline service robot
dc.subject.other Human-robot interaction
dc.subject.other Customer acceptance
dc.subject.other Thematic analysis
dc.subject.other Self-determination theory
dc.subject.other Service failure
dc.subject.other Psychological comfort
dc.subject.other Automated social presence
dc.subject.other Attribution theory
dc.title Customer Acceptance of Frontline Service Robots
dc.type Thesis
dcterms.accessRights embargoed access
dcterms.rightsHolder Amelia,
dspace.entity.type Publication
unsw.accessRights.uri 2024-11-29 2022-11-29
unsw.description.embargoNote Embargoed until 2024-11-29
unsw.relation.faculty Business School of Marketing School of Marketing
unsw.subject.fieldofresearchcode 3506 Marketing
unsw.subject.fieldofresearchcode 350611 Service marketing
unsw.thesis.degreetype PhD Doctorate
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