Exploring online consumer review-management response dynamics: A heuristic-systematic perspective

Hsiu Yu Hung*, Yansong Hu, Nick Lee, Hsien Tung Tsai

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Although the effects of managerial responses (MRs) on subsequent customer reviews (CRs) has been explored, we lack a comprehensive theoretical framework to explain the interdependent relationships between previous and subsequent CRs—specifically the dynamic influences of MRs on future CRs. We draw on emotional contagion and regulation theories to develop a heuristic systematic model to explain CR-MR dynamics in online settings. We propose six systematic processing and three heuristic processing routes to delineate the determination and persuasion effects between previous and subsequent consumers' CRs. The systematic routes describe how current customers' compliments, complaints, and emotions influence their current rating scores. The heuristic processing routes describe how previous customers' rating scores and emotions influence current customers' rating scores and emotions. We suggest MR strategies to regulate these effects. The presence and length of MRs defines the numeric heuristic route while the positive-emotion heuristic route is conceptualized through expressions of thanks, sincerity, interaction, and complimenting customers. Expressions of apology, explanation, empathy, and remedy inform the negative-emotion heuristic route. We collect text from customers' reviews and managers' responses from the TripAdvisor website using text-mining techniques and analyze our hypotheses using Pooled Ordinary Least Squares (pooled OLS) and Generalized Method of Moment (GMM) modeling. Our findings not only enrich the theoretical underpinnings of the CR/MR literature, but also provide managerial guidance on how customers' emotional contagion and rating behaviors might be regulated.

Original languageEnglish
Article number114087
JournalDecision Support Systems
Publication statusPublished - 2024 Feb


  • Customer reviews
  • Emotion contagion
  • Emotion regulation
  • GMM model
  • Heuristic systematic model
  • Managerial responses

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Management Information Systems
  • Information Systems
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Information Systems and Management


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