We are delighted to present the Handbook of Research on Customer Engagement to you, which offers a selection of contemporary readings in this rapidly developing research area. Since its initial inclusion on the Marketing Science Institute’s 2010 Research Priorities, the topic area has grown intensely with important advances being made with respect to customer engagement (CE) conceptualization, measurement, as well as studies conducted in particular areas of CE application (see e.g. Kumar et al. 2019; Kumar and Pansari 2016; Hollebeek, Srivastava, and Chen 2019). For the period 2018_2020, the MSI has maintained the CE on centrality by inviting future research on the question What are the most effective strategies to drive deeper and lasting customer engagement with the firm? (MSI 2018, p. 3). In parallel, researchers’ growing interest in CE is evident in a significant number of journal Special Issues (e.g. 2017 Journal of the Academy of Marketing Science, 2010 Journal of Service Research, 2018 Journal of Services Marketing), conference Special Sessions, roundtables and other events being organized to foster enhanced understanding of the concept (Brodie et al. 2011).
Linda D. Hollebeek and David E. Sprott
Edited by Linda D. Hollebeek and David E. Sprott
Customer engagement is now a critical research priority in contemporary marketing. In this Handbook, a cadre of international scholars offer an overview of current research on this rapidly growing field of study.