Document Type : Original Article


1 Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Business Management, Tabriz Branch, Islamic Azad University, Tabriz, Iran

2 Associate Professor, Department of Business Management, Tabriz Branch, Islamic Azad University, Tabriz, Iran

3 Associate Professor, Faculty of Economics and Management, University of Tabriz. Tabriz, Iran

4 Professor, Department of Management, Tabriz Branch, Islamic Azad University, Tabriz, Iran


Purpose: This study extends the current understanding of customer engagement by examining the impact of relationship bonding and relationship quality on customer engagement in value creation for online taxis.
Method: A quantitative research design was used to validate the hypotheses proposed in this research. Customer engagement has become an important metric for measuring the quality of relationships between brands and their customers. Despite this, there has been limited research into how relationship bonds affect the effectiveness of building such a relationship in online taxi services. A survey was conducted using the convenience method among 600 users of online transportation services in the city of Urmia, Iran to test the theoretical model. Structural equation modelling in software Amos 23 were used in this study to test the research hypotheses.
 Findings: Findings showed that relationship bonding (financial, social, and structural) positively affects the quality of online relationships. Moreover, it was found that the quality of online relationships had a positive impact on all four aspects of customer engagement value (lifetime value, influence value, customer knowledge value, and customer referral value).
Conclusion: In order to demonstrate the promotion of customer engagement through relationship bonds and online relationship quality, the study adds new data to the literature on online taxis services. Online taxi services are able to offer open innovation structures to help them   increase customer engagement, gather innovative ideas and integrate them into their operations. In this regard, in order to enrich ideas, customers who have successfully come up with new ideas should be rewarded.


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