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On adopting quality orientation as an operations philosophy to improve business performance in banking services

Satish Mehra (Fogelman College of Business & Economics, The University of Memphis, Memphis, Tennessee, USA)
Aaron D. Joyal (Fogelman College of Business & Economics, The University of Memphis, Memphis, Tennessee, USA)
Munsung Rhee (Department of Business Administration, UIDUK University, Kangdong, South Korea)

International Journal of Quality & Reliability Management

ISSN: 0265-671X

Article publication date: 11 October 2011

Abstract

Purpose

This paper seeks to study the impact of adopting quality orientation as a business operations philosophy to enhance a firm's performance. Specifically, it aims to identify various indicators that make up a quality orientation philosophy, and to research their role in improving business performance in the banking sector of the service industry.

Design/methodology/approach

The paper surveyed retail banking firms for this study, and used path analysis and structure equation modeling (SEM) to develop the study model. This model was tested to develop the process by which quality orientation philosophy, if adopted, can impact a business's performance.

Findings

Results indicate that specific indicators of quality orientation, when operationalized as a business philosophy, can enhance a banking firm's performance. This study also provides an insight for managers as to the process of adopting quality orientation philosophy in their businesses.

Research limitations/implications

Research was conducted on a specific sector of service industry: the banking sector. The relatively small size of the study sample may impact the outcome of research applicability in some large businesses. However, the research does provide valuable insights as to how other businesses can adopt quality orientation in their operations.

Originality/value

This paper examines the process by which operational activities should be designed to effect a service firm's performance by placing emphasis on the quality aspect of each indicator that comprises quality orientation. This differs from other studies in the sense that it first operationalizes quality orientation as a set of indicators, and then shows how individual indicators influence business performance.

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Citation

Mehra, S., Joyal, A.D. and Rhee, M. (2011), "On adopting quality orientation as an operations philosophy to improve business performance in banking services", International Journal of Quality & Reliability Management, Vol. 28 No. 9, pp. 951-968. https://doi.org/10.1108/02656711111172531

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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