• Standing in my customer’s shoes: effects of customer-oriented perspective taking on proactive service performance

      Huo, Y.; Chen, Z.; Lam, W.; Wood, S. A.; University of Surrey; City University of Hong Kong, Kowloon, Hong Kong; The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Kowloon, Hong Kon (The British Psychology Society, 2018-12-04)
      We develop a theoretical framework that delineates the process by which customer oriented perspective taking contributes to employees’ proactive service performance. Drawing from motivated information processing and proactivity perspectives, the model hypothesizes that employees’ customer-oriented perspective taking enhances their role breadth self-efficacy (RBSE), which in turn enhances proactive customer service performance and proactive complaint-handling performance. A three-wave, time-lagged study, involving 145 frontline employees and their immediate supervisors in the Chinese hospitality industry, tests the research model. The results of structural equation modelling show taking customers’ perspectives results in a high level of RBSE. This relationship grows stronger if employees exhibit a strongly proactive personality. A high level of RBSE also mediates the interactive effects of customer-oriented perspective taking and proactive personality on proactive customer service performance and proactive complaint-handling performance. These findings provide insights for research on perspective taking, RBSE, and proactive service performance.