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Facility managers’ responses to user post-occupancy feedback: a conceptual framework

Abiodun Olatunji Abisuga (Faculty of Built Environment, University of New South Wales – Kensington Campus, Sydney, Australia)
Cynthia Changxin Wang (Faculty of Built Environment, University of New South Wales – Kensington Campus, Sydney, Australia)
Riza Yosia Sunindijo (Faculty of Built Environment, University of New South Wales – Kensington Campus, Sydney, Australia)

Facilities

ISSN: 0263-2772

Article publication date: 2 January 2020

Abstract

Purpose

This study aims to explore the various approaches used in the general customer service industry to develop a conceptual framework for evaluating the responses of facility managers to user post-occupancy feedback.

Design/methodology/approach

This study uses conceptual analysis based on a comprehensive review of relevant literature.

Findings

The results of the study established 24 propositions which are categorised under organisational response dimensions specific to facilities management (FM): timeliness, facilitation, redress, apology, credibility of explanation, attentiveness, effort and their relationships with overall satisfaction and post-feedback behaviour, such as word of mouth and acceptance to continue using the facilities.

Research limitations/implications

The established propositions are derived from existing theories using a deductive approach. The framework can be further enhanced to suit various applications in FM services.

Practical implications

This conceptual framework is a generic model, appropriate to many FM scenarios. The framework can be used to develop standard policies and procedures to foster and encourage collaborative relationships between users and facility managers. It reinforces transparency and trust between facility managers and users during the operation and management of the facilities, and improves FM effectiveness, facility performance and user post-occupancy experience.

Originality/value

In the FM area, no systematic approach has been previously established to evaluate and improve the response process to the users’ feedback. The proposed framework is a pioneer contribution in this area.

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Citation

Abisuga, A.O., Wang, C.C. and Sunindijo, R.Y. (2020), "Facility managers’ responses to user post-occupancy feedback: a conceptual framework", Facilities, Vol. 38 No. 7/8, pp. 481-499. https://doi.org/10.1108/F-10-2018-0119

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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