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Restaurant branding matters: A quantitative report on how brand image can moderate relationship

Vol. 11, No 4, 2018

 

Lo Ying Tuan

 

Sunway College Johor Bahru, 

Malaysia

lyingtuan@hotmail.com

Restaurant branding matters: A quantitative report on how brand image can moderate relationship

Ahmad Jusoh

 

Azman Hashim International Business School, 

Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, 

Malaysia

ahmadj@utm.my


Abbas Mardani

 

Azman Hashim International Business School, 

Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM), Malaysia

abbasmardani@utm.my


Dalia Streimikiene

 

Vilnius University, Kaunas Faculty, Lithuania

dalia.streimikiene@knf.vu.lt

 

 

 

 

 

 

Abstract. This paper investigates the moderating effect of brand image on relationship quality in the chain restaurant industry. The sample of this study was attained from a single local chain restaurant in Peninsular Malaysia. Survey questionnaires were disseminated to respondents using a stratified random sampling method in 16 selected kopitiam outlets. Findings from the 316 customers were examined using the SPSS statistics application and a partial least square technique. The findings provide strong evidence of the moderating effect of brand image on the relationship between patron dining experience (PDE) and relationship quality, where relationship quality in turn affects customer loyalty. Never the less, the findings highlighted the importance for service firms, specifically within the chain restaurant industry to look into ways to increase the brand image of the restaurants in order to foster the relationship building approaches with the customers. This study expanded the study on relationship quality by providing empirical evidence on the moderating effect of brand image towards the formation of relationship quality.

 

 

Received: July, 2018

1st Revision: October, 2018

Accepted: November, 2018

 

DOI: 10.14254/2071-8330.2018/11-4/19

 

JEL ClassificationM31, L83

Keywordsbrand image, patron dining experience (pde), relationship quality, loyalty