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How to describe your service: An invitation to the structured analysis and design technique

Carole Congram (Bentley College, Waltham, Massachusetts, USA)
Michael Epelman (Bentley College, Waltham, Massachusetts, USA)

International Journal of Service Industry Management

ISSN: 0956-4233

Article publication date: 1 May 1995

Abstract

Service management has underestimated the importance of a process description in achieving service and organizational excellence. What service managers need is a methodology for describing service processes. Recommends the use of the structured analysis and design technique (SADT), a methodology particularly suitable for activity‐based processes. It can be used to help service providers obtain a better picture of the processes in which they participate, achieve improvements in service delivery, foster internal communication, and even design a service. Illustrates in two models the concepts of the SADT and its graphics language – the first developed in a professional service firm, and the second in an academic setting. Evaluates the SADT against eight criteria and concludes that the SADT is a versatile and useful modelling methodology that will help service management and employees reach organizational consensus on a service process.

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Congram, C. and Epelman, M. (1995), "How to describe your service: An invitation to the structured analysis and design technique", International Journal of Service Industry Management, Vol. 6 No. 2, pp. 6-23. https://doi.org/10.1108/09564239510084914

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