Information technology center service quality: Assessment and application of SERVQUAL

Masood A. Badri, Mohamed Abdulla, Abdelwahab Al-Madani

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    Purpose - The main objective of the study was to utilize SERVQUAL for identifying gaps in the chain of services provided by the information technology (IT) resources. SERVQUAL was applied to IT services in higher education institutions in the United Arab Emirates. Design/methodology/approach - Because of the many concerns and reservations raised with regard to using perception scores or gap scores, the appropriateness of the SERVQUAL measure to verify the anticipated structure of the instrument was also examined. Using confirmatory factor analysis, the structure of the perception scores (performance-based model) and the gap scores (performance minus expectation-based model) were examined. Findings - The evaluation of model-fit provided mixed results, but, in general, the results favored the perception scores. However, some statistical fit-tests suggested that both models lacked the features necessary for a good fit. On the other hand, based on their feedback, respondents felt that SERVQUAL is a useful indicator for IT center service quality in institutions of higher education. SERVQUAL identified gaps in service quality for the three institutions. Empirical results of SERVQUAL scores for the IT centers in the three institutions are also presented. Originality/value - The paper reassesses the structure and validity of the SERVQUAL model given its wide use and criticism, and applies the model to an important set of related, yet distinct service organizations such as information technology centers.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)819-848
    Number of pages30
    JournalInternational Journal of Quality and Reliability Management
    Issue number8
    Publication statusPublished - 2005


    • Communication technologies
    • Factor analysis
    • United Arab Emirates

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • General Business,Management and Accounting
    • Strategy and Management


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