Information technology center service quality: Assessment and application of SERVQUAL

Masood A. Badri (College of Business and Economics, United Arab Emirates University, Al Ain, United Arab Emirates)
Mohamed Abdulla (College of Business and Economics, United Arab Emirates University, Al Ain, United Arab Emirates)
Abdelwahab Al‐Madani (College of Business and Economics, United Arab Emirates University, Al Ain, United Arab Emirates)

International Journal of Quality & Reliability Management

ISSN: 0265-671X

Publication date: 1 October 2005

Abstract

Purpose

The main objective of the study was to utilize SERVQUAL for identifying gaps in the chain of services provided by the information technology (IT) resources. SERVQUAL was applied to IT services in higher education institutions in the United Arab Emirates.

Design/methodology/approach

Because of the many concerns and reservations raised with regard to using perception scores or gap scores, the appropriateness of the SERVQUAL measure to verify the anticipated structure of the instrument was also examined. Using confirmatory factor analysis, the structure of the perception scores (performance‐based model) and the gap scores (performance minus expectation‐based model) were examined.

Findings

The evaluation of model‐fit provided mixed results, but, in general, the results favored the perception scores. However, some statistical fit‐tests suggested that both models lacked the features necessary for a good fit. On the other hand, based on their feedback, respondents felt that SERVQUAL is a useful indicator for IT center service quality in institutions of higher education. SERVQUAL identified gaps in service quality for the three institutions. Empirical results of SERVQUAL scores for the IT centers in the three institutions are also presented.

Originality/value

The paper reassesses the structure and validity of the SERVQUAL model given its wide use and criticism, and applies the model to an important set of related, yet distinct service organizations such as information technology centers.

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Citation

Badri, M.A., Abdulla, M. and Al‐Madani, A. (2005), "Information technology center service quality: Assessment and application of SERVQUAL", International Journal of Quality & Reliability Management, Vol. 22 No. 8, pp. 819-848. https://doi.org/10.1108/02656710510617247

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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