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Comeback workout: QM practices and the health and fitness industry

Wonsuk Cha ( Governors State University , University Park, Illinois, USA)

International Journal of Quality and Service Sciences

ISSN: 1756-669X

Article publication date: 8 March 2019

Issue publication date: 11 June 2019

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to provide a theoretical model for the relationship between quality management (QM) practices and the health and fitness industry through two competencies, including relational competence (RC) and technical competence (TC).

Design/methodology/approach

Drawing from the resource-based view and the relational competence theory, this paper seeks a further understanding of the conceptual link between QM practices and the health and fitness industry.

Findings

This paper proposes that RC and TC will positively mediate the relationship between QM practices and customers’ behavioral intentions to use the health and fitness service.

Research limitations/implications

This paper provides an integrated perspective to the health and fitness industry. More specifically, this paper suggests that QM practices can be applicable to customers’ behavioral intentions to use the health and fitness service. This paper also provides a solid conceptual foundation through which managers in the health and fitness industry put more effort in developing the relationship with customers. An empirical investigation might be needed for future study.

Practical implications

This paper suggests that managers and employees in the health and fitness industry need to provide a sustained and consistent effort into maintaining the interaction with customers. This paper also suggests that the use of QM practices can be related to customer perception (e.g. boosting behavioral intentions toward service providers) and can provide sustainable competitive advantage in the health and fitness industry.

Originality/value

This paper extends current understanding of QM practices and the health and fitness industry by providing a conceptual framework regarding how QM practices are related to the health and fitness industry through RC and TC.

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Citation

Cha, W. (2019), "Comeback workout: QM practices and the health and fitness industry", International Journal of Quality and Service Sciences, Vol. 11 No. 2, pp. 283-301. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJQSS-09-2017-0080

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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