Measuring e-service quality in the context of service sites
by Estela Fernández Sabiote; Sergio Román
International Journal of Electronic Marketing and Retailing (IJEMR), Vol. 5, No. 2, 2012

Abstract: To deliver superior service quality, managers must first understand how consumers perceive and evaluate online customer service. This is especially the case for companies offering intangible products. Therefore, the objective of this research is to develop a scale to measure customer perceived service quality in the context of service sites (e.g. insurance, retail banking and travel). In addition, contrary to most of previous service quality studies, formative instead of reflective indicators are used to conceptualise e-service quality. Our findings, from two samples of 193 and 199 online consumers lead to a short easy-to-administer scale with two versions depending if the customer has not experienced a service failure (14 items) or he/she has experienced such failure (17 items). In the former case, functionality, information, reliability/fulfilment and privacy/security explain e-service quality. In the latter case, an additional dimension named - customer recovery is included. Results show a different pattern when the customer has any problem.

Online publication date: Fri, 14-Dec-2012

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