Title: Developing the Kano model by service quality robust design: an integrative approach

Authors: Arash Shahin; Nasibeh Janatyan

Addresses: Department of Management, University of Isfahan, Hezarjarib St., 81746-73441, Isfahan, Iran ' Department of Management, University of Isfahan, Hezarjarib St., 81746-73441, Isfahan, Iran

Abstract: The purpose of this paper is to propose a new integrated approach of Taguchi experimental design and Kano model for robust design of service quality. Each Kano dimension has been assumed to have three levels. For the dimensions in three levels, L18(35) table of Taguchi experimental design has been developed and respectively, 18 questionnaires have been designed for data collection. The traditional and proposed approaches have been examined in the University of Isfahan. Findings of the traditional Kano model indicates that all of the five dimensions of service quality are one-dimensional, while the results of the new approach imply that dimensions of reliability, responsiveness and assurance are one-dimensional and dimensions of empathy and tangibles are attractive.

Keywords: Taguchi methods; robust design; experimental design; Kano model; service quality; Iran; reliability; responsiveness; assurance; empathy; tangibles.

DOI: 10.1504/IJPQM.2015.072415

International Journal of Productivity and Quality Management, 2015 Vol.16 No.4, pp.373 - 389

Received: 08 May 2021
Accepted: 12 May 2021

Published online: 13 Oct 2015 *

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