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dc.contributor.advisorB Kim, Peter
dc.contributor.authorJohn, Francy
dc.date.accessioned2021-05-17T21:36:52Z
dc.date.available2021-05-17T21:36:52Z
dc.date.copyright2021
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10292/14188
dc.description.abstractAs a loyal customer can be the brand ambassador of an organisation, service organisations strive to enhance customer loyalty. Customer loyalty in the hospitality context does not only depend on service quality and food quality. There are many other underlying factors that need to be considered by hospitality professionals for building customer loyalty. The primary purpose of this research is to examine the influence of professionality of employee uniform on customer satisfaction and loyalty. In addition, two boundary conditions (service employees’ gender and branded service encounter) were considered to understand the direct and indirect effect of uniform professionality. An online survey was administered for this study with 451 participants recruited from the crowdsourcing platform, Amazon Mturk. Participants were randomly assigned to six different scenarios, in which service employees’ uniform, gender and branded service encounter were manipulated to suit each scenario. Data were analysed using the Statistical Package for Social Science (SPSS) version 27 and the Hayes process macro 3.5. The findings of the study show that the professionality of uniform has a strong impact on customer satisfaction and customer loyalty. In addition, service employees’ perceived competency was found to mediate the effect of uniform professionality on customer satisfaction and loyalty. Service employees’ gender was found to moderate the effect of service employees’ perceived competency on customer satisfaction, while branded service encounters were found to moderate the effect of professionality of employee uniform on customer satisfaction and customer loyalty. The results of the study supplement existing theories on building perception and SERVQUAL. The study has also filled a major gap in the literature on employee uniform and highlighted its importance in creating customer satisfaction and loyalty. The results can be used by hospitality managers as a reference in designing employee uniform and prioritising training employees to provide branded service encounters, by developing standard phrases to communicate brand value to customers.en_NZ
dc.language.isoenen_NZ
dc.publisherAuckland University of Technology
dc.subjectHospitalityen_NZ
dc.subjectEmployee uniformen_NZ
dc.subjectEmployee genderen_NZ
dc.subjectBranded service encounteren_NZ
dc.subjectPerceived competenceen_NZ
dc.subjectCustomer satisfactionen_NZ
dc.subjectCustomer loyaltyen_NZ
dc.subjectRestauranten_NZ
dc.subjectExperimenten_NZ
dc.subjectScenarioen_NZ
dc.subjectMultiple studiesen_NZ
dc.subjectProcess modelen_NZ
dc.titleThe Role of Professionality of Employee Uniform in Creating Customer Satisfaction and Loyalty in Restaurant Contexten_NZ
dc.typeThesisen_NZ
thesis.degree.grantorAuckland University of Technology
thesis.degree.levelMasters Theses
thesis.degree.nameMaster of International Hospitality Managementen_NZ
dc.rights.accessrightsOpenAccess
dc.date.updated2021-05-17T00:20:35Z
aut.filerelease.date2024-05-18


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