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International Journal of Bank Marketing

ISSN: 0265-2323

Online from: 1983

Subject Area: Marketing

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Corporate social responsibility and bank customer satisfaction: A research agenda

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Title:Corporate social responsibility and bank customer satisfaction: A research agenda
Author(s):Lynette M. McDonald, (Department of Marketing, Griffith Business School, Griffith University, Meadowbrook, Australia), Sharyn Rundle-Thiele, (Faculty of Business, University of Southern Queensland, Springfield, Australia)
Citation:Lynette M. McDonald, Sharyn Rundle-Thiele, (2008) "Corporate social responsibility and bank customer satisfaction: A research agenda", International Journal of Bank Marketing, Vol. 26 Iss: 3, pp.170 - 182
Keywords:Banks, Corporate social responsibility, Customer loyalty, Customer satisfaction
Article type:Conceptual paper
DOI:10.1108/02652320810864643 (Permanent URL)
Publisher:Emerald Group Publishing Limited

Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to explore the relationship between corporate social responsibility (CSR) and customer outcomes.

Design/methodology/approach – This paper reviews the literature on CSR effects and satisfaction, noting gaps in the literature.

Findings – A series of propositions is put forward to guide future research endeavours.

Research limitations/implications – By understanding the likely impact on customer satisfaction of CSR initiatives vis-à-vis customer-centric initiatives, the academic research community can assist managers to understand how to best allocate company resources in situations of low customer satisfaction. Such endeavours are managerially relevant and topical. Researchers seeking to test the propositions put forward in this paper would be able to gain links with, and possibly attract funding from, banks to conduct their research. Such endeavours may assist researchers to redefine the stakeholder view by placing customers at the centre of a network of stakeholders.

Practical implications – An understanding of how to best allocate company resources to increase the proportion of satisfied customers will allow bank marketers to reduce customer churn and hence increase market share and profits.

Originality/value – Researchers have not previously conducted a comparative analysis of the effects of different CSR initiatives on customer satisfaction, nor considered whether more customer-centric initiatives are likely to be more effective in increasing the proportion of satisfied customers.

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