Extant consumer behavior research has alluded to consumer learning; however, little research exists regarding situated learning and its antecedents with respect to stressful service experiences. Through this research, we qualitatively and quantitatively examine the topic of situated or in situ learning in two cultural contexts—that of the U.S. and China. Results demonstrate the importance of situated learning in dealing with stressful service encounters. The search for possibilities positively impacted situated learning for both U.S. and Chinese consumers. Unlike their U.S. counterparts, Chinese consumers initiated the process of learning long before experiencing the actual service, learned more because of uncertainty of service standards, and stressed the importance of timely decision making as ways to learn and reduce stress. Interestingly, U.S. participants discussed the importance of empathy from service providers, trust, and propensity for upfront feedback in enhancing learning. Theoretical and managerial implications are provided.
Journal of International Consumer Marketing
Godbole, Mousumi Bose and Ye, Lei, "Antecedents of situated learning in stressful service experiences: A cross-cultural study" (2013). Business Faculty Publications. 178.
Bose, Mousumi, and Lei Ye. "Antecedents of situated learning in stressful service experiences: A cross-cultural study." Journal of International Consumer Marketing 25.4 (2013): 219-233.