The Effects of Service Robots on Consumer Experiences
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Friday, April 21, 2023 - 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Alumni Memorial Union Room 227
Maura L. Scott, Ph.D, Dr. Persis E. and Dr. Charles E. Rockwood Eminent Scholar Chair in Marketing, Florida State University
Martin Mende, Ph.D., Jim Moran Professor of Business Administration, Florida State University
Interactions between consumers and humanoid service robots will soon be part of routine marketplace experiences, to include contexts such as hospitality and healthcare. This research examines whether humanoid robots (relative to human employees) will trigger positive or negative consequences for consumers and companies. A series of studies reveals that consumers report lower assessments of a humanoid robot service provider (relative to a human one), and this has downstream effects on consumption behavior and the customer experience. We examine the underlying psychological process driving these consumers responses, and study moderating effects that can reduce consumers’ negative responses. Contextual boundary conditions of this effect are also examined.
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