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1.1    Background of the Study

1.2  Statement of the Problem

1.3    Purpose of the Study

1.4    Research Questions

1.5    Conceptual Framework of Customer Care Management on

Customer Satisfaction in Selected Eateries in Port


1.6    Research Hypotheses

1.7    Scope of the Study

1.8    Significance of the Study

1.9     Limitation of the Study

1.10     Definition Of Terms



2.0    Introduction

2.1    Concept of Customer Care Management

2.2    Dimension of Customer Care Management in eateries in Port


2.2.1        Responsiveness

2.2.2  Customer Compliant Handling

2.3    Customer Satisfaction

2.4    Measures of customer Satisfaction in eateries in port Harcourt

2.4.1     Customer loyalty

2.4.2     Customer Retention

2.5    Relationship between Customer Care Management and

Customer Satisfaction

2.1    Concept of Customer Care management

2.2    Dimension of customer Care management in eateries in

Port Harcourt

2.2.2      Responsiveness

2.2.3     Customer compliant handling

2.3    Customer satisfaction

2.4    Measures of customer satisfaction

2.4.1    Customer Loyalty

2.4.2    Customer retention

2.5  Relationship between customer care management and

customer satisfaction



3.1    Research Design

3.2    Population for the Study

3.3    Sample Size and Sampling Procedure

3.4    Method for Data Collection

3.5    Validation of the Instrument

3.6    Data Analysis Techniques



1.1.    Introduction

1.1.    Data analysis

Bio- data of respondents

Research Hypotheses








1.1   Background of the Study

 Customer care Management and customer satisfaction has long been recognized as playing a crucial role for success and survival in today’s competitive market. In an increasing competitive and dynamic business environment, every organization needs to identify, anticipate, satisfy and care for customers to maximize profit, meet the requirement of stakeholders and have competitive advantage. There is also an observable shift toward loyalty marketing in most of the service marketing across various industries. The early business of ensuring customer satisfaction has got undermined due to prevailing colossal relationship orientation of business that calls for going beyond the boundaries of satisfaction and creates commitment based association with customer that render immunity to the business against competitive presures (Awara, 2011).

Customer satisfaction is very important for every organization; either they are service sector or the privet sector. Customers are the actual agents or stakeholders for determining or best judging the success of any product or service.Customer care Management and customers satisfaction is two components of business operating philosophy with the customers loyalty being the function of customer care. Customer care is an aspect of customers relationship management. It refers to the management approach that seeks to create, develop and enhance customers services with careful targeted customer in order to maximize customers value, increase loyalty and retain customers (Backs, 2005). The importance of customers care cannot be overemphasis, it determine the competitive advantage of the firm, market share, business expansion, growth and the profitability. It comprises the quality of service, mode of delivery, customer’s compliant management and customer’s satisfaction. The organizational moderation variables include the business mission, vision, marketing orientation and the antecedent of marketing orientation of the firm (Jones & Taylor, 2010).

The value of customers Satisfaction for service industry such as the Eateries has been recognized by many researchers in both the developing and the developed marketing environment (Dong-MO, 2003), (Kassim & Abdullah, 2010), (Oyemehi & Abiodun, 2008), (Cruana, 2002) undermined its potential effect on the development of sustain competitor edge for the service organization.

Loyalty is critical to the success of any service oriented that want to gain and maintain market share. Many eateries drive large proportion of their profits from their loyal customers. Customers care lead to loyalty that results in high customers that lead to loyalty which results in high customer’s retentions. Customers care lead to loyalty not only ensure repeat purchases and positive publicity with greater value in terms of reliability but also leads to lost of other significant benefits such as cross buying, intention, exclusive and priority based preference to the company’s services, greater share of wallet and provides a competitive edge to the firm (Bassey & Unmorok, 2011).

1.2  Statement of the Problem

Eateries services are increasing in Nigeria, yet the level of failure in their service indicates that ineffective relationship with customers seems to be pronounced such a gap indicates that there is much to learn about how to develop close contact with customer using the appropriate relationship strategies.

The eateries industry in Nigeria is not very diversified in terms of the products and services they offer. This is so because eateries in Port Harcourt offer nearly identical services. This carries the danger of creating a situation where eateries fight for customers using all kinds of “unethical strategies”. The ability to satisfy consumers remains one of the greatest task for any firm to  achieve as customer needs and expectation are changing at all time. Customer care Management can be experienced in a variety of situations and connected to both goods  and services. It is a highly personal assessment that is greatly affected by customer expectations.Through critical observation it has been noticed  that the fast food sector is becoming competitive as many eateries are being set up at  all nocks and crannies of the society. How then is it possible to satisfy consumers and  make them loyal customers towards a firm’s product and services?

As such, it becomes apparent that one strategic focus that eateries can implement to remain competitive would be to retain as many customers as possible through satisfying their customer.

But the question is, how do eateries retain their customers when they offer identical services that encourages customer deflecting from one eatery to another? The inability of eateries to provide innovative and unique services that will meet individual client needs as against providing similar services like other eateries impede against customer loyalty in no small ways and makes customer retention through satisfaction in eateries  complex and difficult. Hence the need to assess customer care and retention strategies of eateries in Rivers state becomes imperative.

1.3   Purpose of the Study

The general purpose is to examine the effect of customer care Management on Customer Satisfaction in eateries while the specific sub-objectives are:

1.     To determine the extent to which responsiveness influences Customer Satisfaction in eateries in Port Harcourt.

2      To ascertain extent to which customer compliant Handling influences Customer Satisfaction in eateries in Port Harcourt.

1.4   Research Questions

From the above specific objectives, the following research questions are formulated:

1.     to what extent does Responsiveness enhances customer satisfaction in eateries in Port Harcourt?

2      To what extent does customer complaint Handling enhances customer satisfaction in eateries in Port Harcourt?

1.5   Conceptual Framework of Customer Care Management on Customer Satisfaction in Selected Eateries in Port Harcourt

Customer complaint handling

customer retention

 Source: Researchers Desk, 2015

1.6   Research Hypotheses

The following null hypotheses are formulated from the above specific objectives:

H01:  There is no significant relationship between Responsiveness and Customer loyalty in eateries in Port Harcourt.

H02:  There is no significant relationship between Customer Compliant Handling and customer retention in eateries in Port Harcourt.

1.7   Scope of the Study

The general scope of this study covers customer care Management and Customer Satisfaction. The geographical scope is Rivers State of Nigeria. The units of analysis covers randomly selected customers of eateries services in Port Harcourt Rivers State.

1.8   Significance of the Study

A thorough understanding and knowledge of the factors that have impact on customer satisfaction are very useful in guiding eateries owners and managers to design and deliver the right offering and strategies. This research has many future implications. It has potential to check the moderating effect of culture sensitivity and also it can determine the mediating role of customer satisfaction and its impact on brand or customer loyalty in further. This will be of unique in terms of local environment and will have many implications for eateries owners, managers and researchers of particular community. This study will be significant to the following:

1.     The marketing managers: marketing involve a wise scope of activities aimed at achieving organizational sales objectives. This study will therefore be significant to the marketing managers in effective implementation of marketing policies.

2.     Policy makers: this study will be significant to the policy in making polices concerning advertisement.

3.     The academicians: to the academicians the study will serve as reference point and contribute to the existing body of knowledge.

1.9 Limitation of the Study

The researcher was faced with the following constraints in carrying out this study:

Time: The time within the researcher is too short to carry on the detail study on this topic.

Resources: Another constraint of the researcher is financial resources to carry on the detail study of this topic.

Data:       another limitation to this study will be lack of data to make valid study on the research problem.



The objectives of the study were to

1.    To determine the extent to which responsiveness influences Customer Satisfaction in eateries in Port Harcourt.

2.    To ascertain extent to which customer compliant Handling influences Customer Satisfaction in eateries in Port Harcourt.

Findings from the study revealed the following

1.    Customer care management improves customer satisfaction.

2.    More responsivity from eateries improves customer retention and loyalty.

3.    There is a significant relationship between responsiveness and customer loyalty.

4.    More customer complaints negatively influence customer retention in eateries in Port Harcourt.

5.    There is a significant relationship between customer complaints/handling and customer handling in eateries.


The current research study attempts to find the impact of customer care management on customer satisfaction and loyalty. Clarke (2001) examined that customer satisfaction is really no more than the price of entry to a category. For satisfaction to be effective, it must be able to create loyalty amongst customers. McIlroy and Barnett (2000) stated that an important concept to consider when developing a customer loyalty program is customer satisfaction. Satisfaction is a critical scale of how well a custome’s needs and demands are met while customer loyalty is a measure of how likely a customer is to repeat the purchases and engage in relationship activities. Loyalty is vulnerable because even if consumers are satisfied with the services they will continue to defect if they think they can get better value, convenience or quality elsewhere. Therefore, customer satisfaction is not an accurate indicator of loyalty. Satisfaction is essential but not a sufficient condition of loyalty. In other words, we can have customer satisfaction without loyalty, but it is too hard or even impossible to have loyalty without satisfaction. Based on the views and research done by numerous researchers and academicians, it can be concluded that customer care management is very important as it helps to improve customer retention and loyalty. Thus, though customer satisfaction does not guarantee repeat purchases on the part of the customers but still it plays a very important part in ensuring customer loyalty and retention. However his point has been echoed by lots of organizational critics when they said that customer satisfaction is a direct determining factor in customer loyalty which in turn prevents them to switch to other financial service providers. Therefore organizations should always strive to ensure that their customers are very satisfied by ensuring friendly customer handling and customer care management as this would help in improving sales and customer base of eateries in Port Harcourt. Customer loyalty and retention is potentially one of the most powerful weapons that organizations and more so eateries of 21st century can employ in their fight to gain a strategic advantage and survive in today’s ever-increasing competitive environment.


Based on the research findings, the following recommendations were made.

Eateries in Port Harcourt should create more friendly relationship with their customers.

The environment should be conducive and enabling .More so, it should be attractive and decent. There should be continuous high quality delivery service. This will add to the value of satisfaction received by customers. Personnel in the customer care service section of eateries should be friendly and create a friendly relationship with their customers. There should be seminars for members of staff on the need to improve their relationship with customers, and also on the importance of customer satisfaction as a vital tool for creating and improving customer loyalty



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