--Dr. David E. Bowen, Professor of Management and Dean of Faculty and
"Schneider and White promise to deliver insight into the intriguing intricacies of providing excellent services. They deliver sagacity, the intelligent application of knowledge. They do this by being eclectic, disciplined, and thoughtful... Facts about service – what it is, how it happens, what is required to make it better – thankfully dominate this book, supported by good thinking and good methods. No one interested in service quality should miss this book. There is no other book like it."
--Rick Guzzo, Ph.D., Mercer Human Resource Consulting
"The coverage is excellent. Among other things, it does a nice job of providing a rationale for why researchers and managers need to understand the perspectives of their customers."
--Susan E. Jackson, Ph.D., Rutgers University
The last three decades have seen a dramatic increase in the attention businesses devote to their quality of service. Scholars and researchers in a number of disciplines, including marketing, human resources I/O psychology, sociology, and consumer behavior, have all made substantial contributions to understanding what service is, how service and service delivery quality are experienced by customers, and the role of employees and their organizations in service delivery. Service Quality: Research Perspectives presents a comprehensive overview and analysis of the field and its research, including its growth, emerging trends, and debates.
Authors Benjamin Schneider and Susan S. White cover the diverse conceptual and empirical approaches that characterize thinking and research on service quality, especially service delivery. It introduces the concept of service and the important ways service production can differ from goods production. It also presents a history of the concept of product quality and the emergence of concern for service quality.
- Summarizes conceptual and empirical research from the marketing perspective on the measurement of service quality and customer satisfaction
- Deals with concepts and approaches to service characteristic of operations management, especially the role of customer variability in service production
- Introduces research promoting the linkage of service climate experienced by employees to the service quality experienced by customers
- Presents several HR/OB approaches to organizational design and useful frameworks for integrating ideas from marketing and operations management into HR/OB research
- Offers six key research questions that integrate three different perspectives and provide important avenues for additional analysis and research