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Managing service quality: applying utility theory in the prioritization of service attributes

Y.N. Li (Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, National University of Singapore, Kent Ridge, Singapore)
K.C. Tan (Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, National University of Singapore, Kent Ridge, Singapore)
M. Xie (Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, National University of Singapore, Kent Ridge, Singapore)

International Journal of Quality & Reliability Management

ISSN: 0265-671X

Article publication date: 1 June 2003

Abstract

The ability of a company to achieve excellence in service quality depends on the determination of service attributes and their desired levels. It depends also on the prioritization of service attributes, using appropriate quality improvement indices, in a consistent manner within the constraints of limited resources. There is a need to develop an operational procedure that would prioritize customer service attributes in a simple, inexpensive, and accurate manner. Well‐established instruments that measure service quality, such as SERVQUAL, have conceptualized the linear and symmetric relationship between service quality gaps and overall service quality. This paper investigated the asymmetric and nonlinear nature of this relationship and developed a model to advance utility theory into prioritization at the attribute level as well as at the dimensional level. In the service literature, this is a first attempt to apply utility theory in the prioritization of service attributes to help achieve quality in customer service.

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Li, Y.N., Tan, K.C. and Xie, M. (2003), "Managing service quality: applying utility theory in the prioritization of service attributes", International Journal of Quality & Reliability Management, Vol. 20 No. 4, pp. 417-435. https://doi.org/10.1108/02656710310468579

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