Friendly or competent? The effects of perception of robot appearance and service context on usage intention

Xing (Stella) Liu, Xiao (Shannon) Yi*, Lisa C. Wan

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Abstract

This study examines the influence of the perception of robot appearance and service context on customers'/tourists' intention to use robots. Four studies confirm a congruity effect between the perception of service robot appearance and service context. Results suggest that customers/tourists are more willing to use a service robot perceived as warm in hedonic service contexts, whereas they are more willing to use a service robot perceived as competent in utilitarian service contexts. These effects are driven by trust. This study offers a novel perspective on customers'/tourists' reactions to service robots. It also provides insights for hospitality and tourism practitioners making decisions about robot adoption.

Original languageEnglish
Article number103324
JournalAnnals of Tourism Research
Volume92
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2022
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Intention to use robots
  • Service robots
  • Stereotype content model
  • Trust

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