Leveraging service recovery strategies to reduce customer churn in an emerging market Academic Article uri icon


  • 2019, Academy of Marketing Science. Building on the properties of emerging markets, we investigate how a firm should align its service recovery strategies with different types of service failure to reduce customer churn in an emerging market. Using resource exchange theory and a multi-method approach, we show that the conventional wisdom related to service recovery needs to be reevaluated in emerging markets. Our results show that process failures lead to a higher likelihood of customer churn compared to outcome failures in emerging markets. Investigating service recovery mechanisms, we find that compensation is more effective in recovering from process failures than in recovering from outcome failures in emerging markets. Similarly, employee behavior has a stronger impact on mitigating the ill effects of process failures than those of outcome failures. The study contributes to the literature on service recovery and resource exchange theory and provides managerial insights for the effective management of customer churn due to service failures in emerging markets.

published proceedings


altmetric score

  • 2.1

author list (cited authors)

  • Borah, S. B., Prakhya, S., & Sharma, A.

citation count

  • 37

complete list of authors

  • Borah, Sourav Bikash||Prakhya, Srinivas||Sharma, Amalesh

publication date

  • September 2020