Int. J. of Transitions and Innovation Systems   »   2016 Vol.5, No.1

 

 

Title: Assessing quality in professional services: a framework for gap analysis

 

Authors: Vincent Omachonu; Jerry Haar; Daniel Berg

 

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Department of Industrial Engineering, University of Miami, 1251 Memorial Drive, Room 268, Coral Gables, FL 33146, USA
College of Business, Florida International University, 3000 N.E. Biscayne Blvd., ACII # 131, North Miami, Florida 33181, USA
Department of Industrial Engineering, University of Miami, 1251 Memorial Drive, Room 268, Coral Gables, FL 33146, USA

 

Abstract: Many of the gap analysis studies of professional services firms have focused on clients' expectations, perception and satisfaction with service delivery. In this research, we develop a framework for the assessment of quality, incorporating ten distinct quality gaps. These gaps take into consideration all the intervening variables which constitute the determinants of quality from the perspective of the clients, industry, and the professional services provider (PSP) respectively. The gap analysis framework developed is based on two focus group sessions - one involving professional services providers, drawn from accounting, management consulting, healthcare, law, advertising, architecture and marketing, and the other involving clients from the same industries. Employing a focus group methodology, the purpose was to understand the nature of the interaction between PSP organisations and their clients and the implications of the interactions on quality. There are subtle and significant differences in the perception of quality between the clients and the PSP. These differences are reflected in the key determinants of quality between both groups.

 

Keywords: professional services; service quality; quality gaps; gap analysis; quality assessment; quality perceptions; perceived quality.

 

DOI: 10.1504/IJTIS.2016.10002520

 

Int. J. of Transitions and Innovation Systems, 2016 Vol.5, No.1, pp.4 - 19

 

Submission date: 05 Dec 2015
Date of acceptance: 31 Mar 2016
Available online: 12 Jan 2017

 

 

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