International Journal of Qualitative Research in Services
- Editor in Chief
- Prof. Babu P. George
- ISSN online
- ISSN print
- 2 issues per year
Thanks to the silent revolution of 'tertiarisation' that has been happening for the last hundred or more years, the service sector now accounts for some 80-90% of the economies of the developed world and is also the fastest-growing sector. Qualitative research is ideally suited to exploring the nature and characteristics of services, particularly given the intangibility element involved. IJQRS disseminates high-quality, peer-reviewed research, providing an avenue for methodological innovations and insights in qualitative research specifically applied to services.
Topics covered include
- Changing nature of services
- Behaviour of service consumers
- Human factors in the production of services
- Service organisation and management
- International and cross-cultural dimensions
- Ethical and legal environment
- Similarities and differences in services
- Service quality and value
- Marketing of services
- Business and professional services
- Government, community and non-profit services
- Sustainable development
- Innovative approaches to services research
- Multidisciplinary focus of service knowledge
- Miscellaneous issues affecting the service sector
IJQRS aims to balance the traditional academic bias in favour of quantitative research and the consequent relative lack of platforms available for publishing qualitative research content within the service sector. In addition, many of the extant qualitative research journals are either narrow (e.g., dedicated to qualitative health research) or broad (e.g., qualitative research in social sciences) in focus. In contrast, services constitute a meaningful mid-range category of interest. Qualitative researchers in the services areas have a lot to share, including methodological innovations, challenges in enquiry and updated insights on various common characteristics that distinguish services from goods. Qualitative research findings also provide a mixed methodology and offer quantitative researchers a starting point for the commencement of their studies. Recently, service industry practitioners have also become more receptive to qualitative research. Given this backdrop, the objective of IJQRS is to fill an important unmet gap in the marketplace of knowledge.
The primary readership of IJQRS includes graduate students, faculty and scholars engaged, or having a substantial interest, in services research in the qualitative tradition. Theoreticians rooted in a range of disciplinary areas such as sociology, psychology, and economics as well as multidisciplinary areas such as human services, technology and management studies will find the journal useful. Those researching issues related to different service domain areas such as healthcare, tourism, banking, etc. as well as service practitioners will gain significant benefits from the research published.
IJQRS publishes findings of empirical research in services that employ a wide range of popular and emergent qualitative tools and methodologies. The journal welcomes reports of methodological innovations, papers based on literature reviews and theoretical analysis of associated topics. In addition, it contains 'viewpoint' articles written by experts on significant topics. Occasional special issues on contemporary issues related to qualitative research in service will be published.
Editor in Chief
- George, Babu P., Fort Hays State University, USA
- Henthorne, Tony L., University of Nevada, Las Vegas, USA
- Williams, Alvin J., University of South Alabama, USA
Editorial Board Members
- Agrusa, Jerome, Hawaii Pacific University, USA
- Chan, Jennifer Kim Lian, Universiti Malaysia Sabah, Malaysia
- Cox, Milton D., Miami University, USA
- Gândara, José Manoel Gonçalves, University of the Balearic Islands, Spain
- Inbakaran, Robert, RMIT University, Australia
- Ivanov, Stanislav, International University College, Bulgaria
- Jackson, Merv, RMIT University, Australia
- Kabiraj, Sajal, Dongbei University of Finance and Economics, China
- Korstanje, Maximiliano E., University of Palermo, Argentina
- Koushik, Dayanand, Goa University, India
- Lu, Ying (Tracy), University of Kentucky, USA
- Nedelea, Alexandru, University Stefan cel Mare Suceava, Romania
- Okech, Roselyne N., Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada
- Osmanbekov, Talai, University of North Arizona, USA
- Paul, Muthucattu Thomas, University of the South Pacific, Fiji
- Ratz, Tamara, Kodolanyi Janos University of Applied Sciences, Hungary
- Reddy, Maharaj Vijay, Bournemouth University, UK
- Sankaran, K., NITTE University, India
- Srinivas, Hari, Kwansei Gakuin University, Japan
- Sun, Ted, SMC University, Switzerland
- Vargas Sánchez, Alfonso, Huelva University, Spain
- Yaoyuneyong, Gallayanee, University of Southern Mississippi, USA
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