Date of Conferral
Doctor of Business Administration (D.B.A.)
Firms in the service industry have experienced a 15-30% drop in customer satisfaction ratings and an estimated $10 billion annually due to the unpredictable tendencies of one of the most significant and fastest growing consumer segments in the marketplace, Generation Y customers. The distinctive behavior of this sizeable generational cohort may be reshaping the business landscape of the 21st century regarding how consumers will relate to service providers in the future. Using the theory of customer satisfaction management system, the purpose of this multiple case study was to explore the customer satisfaction strategies that business leaders in southern Nigeria use to retain Generation Y customers. The participants included business leaders who have successfully retained Generation Y customers by applying customer satisfaction business strategies in Akwa Ibom state, Nigeria. The data were collected through semistructured one-on-one interviews with 3 business leaders from different sectors of the service industry. To enhance the credibility and trustworthiness of the interpretations, methodological triangulation of the data sources and member checking were used. The process of data analysis included word frequency analysis, coding of related phrases, identification of patterns, and generation of themes around the codes. The themes that emerged from the study were (a) positive brand image creation, (b) social media as an enabler, and (c) quality service and timely delivery. This study may create awareness for business leaders on how to satisfy and retain Generation Y customers. This awareness has the potential of promoting positive social change among business leaders because of the significant contribution profitable businesses bring to the societies and communities.