Creating Customer Service Bots That People Don’t Hate

Johannes Boegershausen, Noah Castelo, Christian Alexander Hildebrand, Alexander Henkel

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From physical robots to digital chatbots, service bots are revolutionizing the workplace. To understand how consumers perceive firms that employ service bots, researchers conducted six experiments in which customers interacted with either a bot or a human service provider. Their field and laboratory experiments found that consumers believe the use of bots is motivated by cost-cutting and profit maximization at the expense of the customer experience. This belief, in turn, leads customers to be less satisfied with the service provided by bots than by humans. The authors identified four strategies for companies to use service bots in a way that consumers embrace.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherHarvard Business Review
Publication statusPublished - 30 Oct 2023


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