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Publication date: 29 January 2021

Unes Romiani, Khodayar Abili, Javad Pourkaremi and Saeid Farahbakhsh

The purpose of this paper is to design a talent-based model for recruiting faculty members at regional comprehensive universities in Iran.

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to design a talent-based model for recruiting faculty members at regional comprehensive universities in Iran.

Design/methodology/approach

To achieve the purpose, grounded theory approach was used. The research population consisted of all experts in the field of higher education in Iran. Nineteen experts were selected through purposeful sampling by Snowball method and based on theoretical saturation. To collect the data, a semi-structured interview was used and for the data analysis, a thematic analysis technique was applied.

Findings

The findings showed that the model for recruiting the faculty members in Iranian regional universities included four components: Personal Characteristics, Professional Capabilities, Behavioral Capabilities and Cognitive Capabilities.

Practical implications

This research identified the recruiting components and its results can be used to recruit capable faculty members purposefully and in accordance with the Iranian academic strategic plan. The method of this study can be applied in other applied fields as well.

Originality/value

This study adds to the authors' knowledge about recruiting of the faculty members and also the factors that can be helpful in a talent-based selection. Therefore, in order to have capable faculty members, universities should make an effort to identify relevant components and design a comprehensive model to recruit more capable faculty members.

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International Journal of Educational Management, vol. 35 no. 3
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0951-354X

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Publication date: 29 August 2011

Khodayar Abili, Fatemeh Narenji Thani, Faranak Mokhtarian and Mohammad Mehdi Rashidi

The purpose of this paper is to determine the quality gap of university services in the behavioral science faculties of the University of Tehran (Iran).

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to determine the quality gap of university services in the behavioral science faculties of the University of Tehran (Iran).

Design/methodology/approach

In the current research, 300 students of five behavioral science faculties – Psychology and Educational Science, Social Science, Economics, Physical Education and Sport Science, Management, Entrepreneurship – in the University of Tehran (Iran), were chosen randomly and completed the SERVQUAL questionnaire. This questionnaire consists of two parts regarding customer's perceptions and expectations about the quality of service. SERVQUAL questionnaire measures the five aspects of service which include assurance, responsiveness, empathy, reliability and tangibles. Therefore, the quality gap of the services of behavioral science faculties was determined according to differences between the students' perceptions and expectations. In order to analyze research data, descriptive statistics, t‐Student and ANOVA analysis were conducted.

Findings

The results demonstrated that in three of the five SERVQUAL dimensions (tangibles, reliability, and empathy), there was a negative quality gap (p<0.05). Thus, improvements are needed across three above‐mentioned dimensions. Also, there were no significant differences between perceptions and expectations of students based on their gender, degree and field of study.

Research limitations/implications

The current research was conducted among behavioral science faculties of the University of Tehran, so the results are limited to these faculties, not to the whole university.

Originality/value

There are limited researches that consider service quality in Iranian higher education. However, for the first time, the service quality of behavioral science faculties of the University of Tehran was measured by the SERVQUAL in this research.

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Asian Journal on Quality, vol. 12 no. 2
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1598-2688

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Publication date: 23 November 2012

Khodayar Abili, Fatemeh Narenji Thani and Maryam Afarinandehbin

The purpose of this paper is to determine university service quality in the International branch of Amirkabir University (Iran).

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to determine university service quality in the International branch of Amirkabir University (Iran).

Design/methodology/approach

In this study, a total of 102 students in five courses (Electronic engineering, Civil engineering, Mechanical engineering, Chemical engineering and MBA) in the international branch of Amirkabir University, were asked to complete a SERVQUAL questionnaire. This questionnaire measured students’ perceptions and expectations in five dimensions of service that consists of assurance, responsiveness, empathy, reliability and tangibles. The quality gap of university services was determined based on differences between students’ perceptions and expectations.

Findings

The results demonstrated that in all of the five SERVQUAL dimensions there was a negative quality gap (p<0.05). Also responsiveness is the most important dimension for the students but had the largest gap. So improvements are necessary and the university must pay more attention to the students’ requirements.

Research limitations/implications

The current research was conducted among international branch of Amirkabir University, so the results are limited to those faculty, not to the whole of the university. Also, there were many questions in the questionnaire, which made the students tired and impatient.

Originality/value

There are limited researches that consider service quality in Iranian higher education. However, for the first time, the service quality of the international branch of Amirkabir University was measured in this research by SERVQUAL. Measuring education service via SERVQUAL in order to determine ways to improve quality is one of the major fields of application of the model. Continuous research in the field will benefit the welfare of the public society.

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Asian Journal on Quality, vol. 13 no. 3
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1598-2688

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