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The effect of changes in servicescape and service quality perceptions in a maternity unit
Department of Business Management, University of Johannesburg, Johannesburg, South Africa.
Jönköping University, Jönköping International Business School, JIBS, Marketing and Logistics.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-6633-632X
2011 (English)In: International Journal of Health Care Quality Assurance, ISSN 0952-6862, E-ISSN 1758-6542, Vol. 24, no 5, p. 389-405Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Abstract

Purpose: The aim of the research was to determine the effect of changes in servicescape on the service quality perceptions of maternity ward patients in a private hospital.

Design/methodology/approach: A quasi-experimental design was used. An experimental and control group (of patients) were surveyed before the changes in servicescape took place, and a further experimental and control group of patients were surveyed after changes in the servicescape. Each group was surveyed using a SERVPERF instrument to determine perceptions of service quality.

Findings: The changes in servicescape which took place in the experimental context resulted in a significant change in service quality perceptions among the experimental group. This change was not seen in all service quality dimensions, however, with statistical significance only seen in the tangible, reliability and responsiveness dimensions.

Research limitations/implications: Four different groups of respondents took part in the quasi-experiment (two experimental groups and two control groups) specifically in a medical setting, and the ability to generalise these findings needs to be investigated.

Practical implications: Management needs to take greater notice of the effect of servicescape, as well as any changes in the servicescape on the perceptions of service quality.

Originality/value: While there is agreement that the servicescape affects perceptions of service quality, this study shows the effect of servicescape changes on perceptions of service quality.

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited, 2011. Vol. 24, no 5, p. 389-405
Keywords [en]
Servicescape; Service quality; Physical evidence; tangibles
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Business Administration
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-17593DOI: 10.1108/09526861111139205OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hj-17593DiVA, id: diva2:490723
Available from: 2012-02-06 Created: 2012-02-06 Last updated: 2017-12-08Bibliographically approved

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