AI and intelligent machines are fast substituting the human element in production and delivery of goods and services in all sectors of the economy. In banking, the human factor played by relationship officers is challenged as most relationship management functions are being migrated to alternative channels and platforms. Is this the end of relationship officers in the delivery platform mix? This research asked customers in a Nigerian bank, their perceptions concerning the extent of satisfaction they received from the bank’s engrained service culture relative to the satisfaction they derived from the individual style and quality of the relationship officers that work for the bank. Using averages and structural equation modelling, this research provided, with reliability and validity, evidence that the customers placed more premium on the relationship officers than the entire bank’s platform of systems and processes. The significance of this result is that banks must evaluate critically the pace, mix and timing, of their migration strategy of relationship management roles from relationship officers to alternative channels and platforms.
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