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Who should clean the university? The in-house outsourcing decision from a student perspective

Peter Palm (Department of Urban Studies, Faculty of Culture and Society, Malmö University, Malmo, Sweden)

Facilities

ISSN: 0263-2772

Article publication date: 20 January 2021

Issue publication date: 2 June 2021

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Abstract

Purpose

This paper aims to investigate how the students perceive the cleaning of the university, from an in-house and outsourced perspective.

Design/methodology/approach

This research is based on a survey conducted in the different university buildings with a total of 240 students. The survey was then analysed through an ordinal regression.

Findings

The ordinal regression indicates a statistically significant result were student are more satisfied with the cleaning performed by the outsourced service provider.

Research limitations/implications

The research in this paper is limited to one Swedish university. But, the overall strategies for how to organise the cleaning service at the university do address all universities. However, the research is limited and more research has to be performed.

Practical implications

The insight the paper provides regarding how the students perceive the cleaning service at the university gives direct implications to university in relation to how to consider the cleaning service as an important factor.

Originality/value

It provides the first study from a student perspective on the question of cleaning of the university, when previous studies have indicated cleaning as an important function not least to student’s performance and academic results.

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Citation

Palm, P. (2021), "Who should clean the university? The in-house outsourcing decision from a student perspective", Facilities, Vol. 39 No. 9/10, pp. 635-651. https://doi.org/10.1108/F-03-2020-0025

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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