How Call Center Location Impacts Expectations of Service From Reputable Versus Lesser Known Firms
Source: New York University
Businesses are increasingly turning to call service centers located abroad to provide customer support. Although the country-of-origin literature as well as other reports may lead one to believe that consumers will expect offshore call centers to deliver poorer service, call center location is simply one cue which consumers can utilize to form expectations. This research investigates how two factors location and reputation impact a consumer's expectations regarding an upcoming service encounter. This paper employs information integration theory to examine how these two cues are combined. Results from two experiments demonstrate that call center location does not impact pre-encounter expectations if the firm is reputable.