Date of Award
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
customer engagement, employee engagement, customer service behavior, commitment, e-commerce
This study examines a proposed framework for measuring customer engagement with support from employee engagement literature. Archival data was utilized to evaluate these relationships which included 4.530 participants that were customers of a business-to-business (B2B) organization and utilized the business' website. A similar factor structure resulted for the measurement of customer engagement. Structural equation modeling showed partial support for the hypothesized predictors of engagement (i.e. commitment, brand image, preference and decision making) because the relationship between satisfaction and engagement was not significant. The hypothesized outcome variables of engagement were also partially supported with loyalty, sales, average order value, and website page views demonstrating significant relationships. The implications and future research of customer engagement, e-commerce, and B2B contexts are discussed.
Flynn, Laura M., "An Exploration of Engagement: A Customer Perspective" (2012). College of Science and Health Theses and Dissertations. Paper 8.