Emotional and rational customer engagement: exploring the development route and the motivation

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Customer engagement is one of the hottest topics in the customer management area. Most of the customer engagement research focus on the customer with strong psychological connection with the focal object, however, the customer who is driven by external benefits, such as discounts and sense of being needed, also contribute significant engagement value to the firm. This paper proposes the constructs of rational customer engagement which is based on external benefits and emotional customer engagement which is based on attachment. The paper distinguishes the two customer engagement orientations from the aspects of development routes and motivations through literature analysis and empirical research. Management implication are also presented in the end. This paper makes contributions to broadening the current customer engagement theory and providing a broader view to understanding customer engagement.


External organisations
  • Shandong University
Research areas and keywords

Subject classification (UKÄ) – MANDATORY

  • Business Administration


  • customer engagement level, customer engagement motivation, customer engagement orientation, emotional customer engagement, rational customer engagement
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)S141-S157
JournalTotal Quality Management and Business Excellence
Issue numbersup1
Publication statusPublished - 2019 Sep 27
Publication categoryResearch