Category - Mary Augustine VASSUMU

Modibbo Adama University of Technology, Nigeria

Ibrahim DANJUMA Faiza Abubakar BAWURO Mary Augustine VASSUMU Sharif Ahmed HABIBU

The Service Quality Scale Debate: A Tri-Instrument Perspective for Higher Education Institutions

Service quality issues, over the years, have become an important consumer trend and have gained ground in service marketing literature in general, and the extant literature on higher education, in particular. Despite the fact that service quality is more difficult to measure than the quality of goods, several instruments for measuring service quality have been developed and validated, such as SERVQUAL, SERVPERF and HEDPERF. This article analysed three instruments for measuring service quality: SERVQUAL, SERVPERF, HEDPERF and compared them in terms of strengths and weaknesses within the context of higher education institutions. Although, both SERVPERF and HEDPERF instruments seem to have some reasonable measure of stability over the disconfirmation perspective of SERVQUAL scale, however, the growing competitions in the service industry has made SERVQUAL to be better because of its diagnostic ability. Using SERVQUAL to evaluate service quality would enable managers to identify and...

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