Attitudes, intentions and loyalty in Australian retail banking - an empirical study

Chris Baumann, Suzan Burton, Greg Elliott

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In a highly competitive banking environment, achieving customer loyalty is a key factor to enable banks to survive and grow. A rich literature has been developed on the determinants and consequences of customer loyalty, but there has been limited research investigating the relationships between loyalty components such as attitude, intentions and actual behaviour in retail banking. Furthermore, bank loyalty studies have often omitted the external environment, which is likely to moderate consumer attitudes and behaviour. The current empirical study of 1954 retail banking customers suggests a large proportion of the variance in behavioural intentions can be predicted, in particular by attitude, attitudinal differentiation and situational factors such as customer perceptions of competitors. However, these variables, in combination with satisfaction, behavioural intentions, switching costs and social norm, were revealed to be poor predictors of a number of measures of actual behaviour. Hence there is a large discrepancy in the ability to predict stated behavioural intentions and actual behaviour – approximately 60% of the variation in behavioural intentions can be explained, but a similar model explains only about 7% of the variation in actual behaviour. Of what can be predicted in actual behaviour, this study found that satisfaction with a bank’s technology is the strongest predictor of actual behaviour in terms of share of wallet.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationANZMAC 2003
Subtitle of host publicationproceedings : A celebration of Ehrenberg and Bass : marketing knowledge, discoveries and contribution
EditorsGus Geursen, Rachel Kennedy, Monica Tolo
Place of PublicationAdelaide Australia
Number of pages7
ISBN (Print)0868039837
Publication statusPublished - 2003
EventAustralian and New Zealand Marketing Academy Conference (2003) - Adelaide
Duration: 1 Dec 20033 Dec 2003


ConferenceAustralian and New Zealand Marketing Academy Conference (2003)


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