Complaint Behaviour By Generations: A Qualitative Inquiry From Mother-Daughter Perspectives

Ernest Cyril, de Run and Hiram, Ting and Hai-Ee, Tan and Huat, Wei Huang (2016) Complaint Behaviour By Generations: A Qualitative Inquiry From Mother-Daughter Perspectives. In: 7th International Borneo Business Conference (IBBC2016), jointly organized by Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS) and Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (UNIMAS), 7-8 September 2016, Chancellery Building, UMS.


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Official URL: DOI: 10.13140/RG.2.2.13506.99526


Despite the abundance of marketing literature on consumer complaint behaviour, little is done to explicate such behaviour from generational perspectives. How the older and younger groups complain, and whether the latter learn or inherit behavioural values from the former through observation remain unknown. Using theories pertinent to complaint behaviour and social learning theory as the basis, the present study aims to look into complaint behaviour between two generations, namely the mothers and the daughters. A qualitative approach using dyad interview was employed in Sarawak to gain insights not only about their respective complaint behaviour but also its similarities and differences simultaneously. Subsequently, five pairs of mothers and daughters were interviewed. All interviews were transcribed and analyzed using content analysis. The findings show that while the mothers would most likely seek redress in person, complain to others verbally and take no action, the daughters tend to seek redress and tell others about it using electronic media. The study thus serves as a precursor to future investigation on complaint behaviour by different family members and the potential transmission of behavioural values between generations. Practical implication is provided.

Item Type: Proceeding (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Generation, transmission, complaint behaviour, qualitative, dyad interview, research, Universiti Malaysia Sarawak, unimas, university, universiti, Borneo, Malaysia, Sarawak, Kuching, Samarahan, ipta, education
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HG Finance
Divisions: Academic Faculties, Institutes and Centres > Faculty of Economics and Business
Faculties, Institutes, Centres > Faculty of Economics and Business
Depositing User: Karen Kornalius
Date Deposited: 04 Oct 2016 04:22
Last Modified: 17 Feb 2017 08:09

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