Decision delegation: A conceptualization and empirical investigation
Article first published online: 20 DEC 2007
© 2008 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
Psychology & Marketing
Volume 25, Issue 1, pages 71–93, January 2008
How to Cite
Aggarwal, P. and Mazumdar, T. (2008), Decision delegation: A conceptualization and empirical investigation. Psychol. Mark., 25: 71–93. doi: 10.1002/mar.20201
- Issue published online: 20 DEC 2007
- Article first published online: 20 DEC 2007
This paper examines a purchase context in which consumers, instead of deciding on their own, delegate either a part of or the entire purchase decision to a surrogate. A path model linking the antecedent variables and delegation is tested in the context of personal computer purchases. It was found that the factors that ensure decision quality emanating from the surrogate's expertise differentials, trustworthiness, accountability, and willingness to customize increase the likelihood of decision delegation. In addition to its direct positive effect on delegation, trustworthiness mediates the effect of expertise difference, surrogate accountability, and customization on delegation. Perceived loss of control inhibits delegation, but only at the stage when the final choice decision is made. Also, if a decision task is repeatable, the high return on effort has a negative effect on delegation, but only at attribute set and choice set delegations. Contributions of the study and directions for future research are discussed. © 2008 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.