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Corporate image: a service recovery perspective

Mostafa, Rania B.; Lages, Cristiana R.; Shabbir, Haseeb A.; Thwaites, Des


Rania B. Mostafa

Cristiana R. Lages

Haseeb A. Shabbir

Des Thwaites


This article explores direct and indirect antecedents that contribute to corporate image formation in a service recovery context. Two studies were carried out in Egypt. Study 1 comprises 29 semistructured interviews with complainants of mobile phone network service providers in Egypt. Study 2 encompasses a mail survey of another 437 complainants. Findings reveal the importance of perceived justice, namely, interactional justice, in corporate image formation, as well as the mediating role of satisfaction with service recovery in the perceived justice-corporate image relationship. Results also reveal two empirical relationships: problem solving as a determinant of distributive justice and follow-up as a driver of procedural justice. Accordingly, this study contributes to the service field by providing the first empirical evaluation of new direct and indirect antecedents of corporate image formation in a service recovery context. Managerial recommendations are provided that encourage service practitioners to emphasize perceived justice and satisfaction with a service recovery process to enhance the company’s image. Additionally, companies should invest in implementing problem solving and follow-up as service recovery strategies since both significantly enhance perceived justice.


Mostafa, R. B., Lages, C. R., Shabbir, H. A., & Thwaites, D. (2015). Corporate image: a service recovery perspective. Journal of Service Research, 18(4), 468-483.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Mar 30, 2015
Online Publication Date May 15, 2015
Publication Date 2015-11
Deposit Date Jul 8, 2016
Publicly Available Date Jul 8, 2016
Journal Journal of service research
Print ISSN 1094-6705
Electronic ISSN 1552-7379
Publisher SAGE Publications
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 18
Issue 4
Pages 468-483
Keywords Corporate image
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Additional Information This is the authors accepted manuscript of an article published in Journal of Services Research, 2015, v.18 issue 4.


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