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The Power of Affection: Exploring the Key Drivers of Customer Loyalty in Virtual Reality-Enabled Services

Authors
  • Yan, Jun1
  • Ali, Ihtesham1
  • Ali, Rizwan2
  • Chang, Yaping1
  • 1 School of Management, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan , (China)
  • 2 Department of Management Sciences, Lahore Garrison University, Lahore , (Pakistan)
Type
Published Article
Journal
Frontiers in Psychology
Publisher
Frontiers Media SA
Publication Date
Apr 25, 2022
Volume
13
Identifiers
DOI: 10.3389/fpsyg.2022.850896
Source
Frontiers
Keywords
Disciplines
  • Psychology
  • Original Research
License
Green

Abstract

The accelerating growth of virtual reality (VR) technology and evolving customer needs make multifarious challenges and opportunities for service industries. Based on the Technology Acceptance Model (TAM) and Theory of Affection Responses, we explored the key drivers of customer loyalty in virtual reality-enabled services through a large-scaled survey data collected from VR users in four major cities of Pakistan. The study employs the partial least squares structural equation modeling (PLS-SEM). We verified that the authenticity of the VR experience and TAM dimensions (ease of use, usefulness of VR) are the key drivers of customer loyalty béhavioral in VR-enabled services. Furthermore, results revealed that Affective responses (i.e., enjoyment, emotional involvement, and flow state) significantly mediated the relationships between the drivers and customer loyalty (continued use, recommendation, and willingness to pay premium). Implications for researchers and VR practitioners were also provided.

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