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Title: Service quality and customers’ behavioural intentions: Class and mass banking and implications for the consumer and society
Authors: Choudhury, Koushiki
Keywords: Behavioural intentions
Consumer and policy implications
Private sector banks
Public sector banks
Service quality
Issue Date: 2015
Publisher: SCOPUS
Asia Pacific Journal of Marketing and Logistics
Emerald Group Publishing Ltd.
Series/Report no.: 27(5)
Abstract: Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to explore how the different dimensions of service quality influence customers’ behavioural intentions in the private and public sector banks, that is, in class and mass banking, respectively, and the implications for the service provider, consumer, society and consumer policy. Design/methodology/approach – A contextually modified SERVQUAL instrument was used to capture customers’ perceptions of service quality followed by exploratory factor analysis to study the dimensionality of service quality in retail banking. Multiple regression was used to probe the influence of the dimensions of service quality on customers’ behavioural intentions. Findings – The study revealed four dimensions of service quality in retail banking, namely, customer-orientedness, reliability, tangibles and convenience and showed that the service quality factor customer-orientedness comprising of the responsiveness and attitude of employees is most important in influencing customers’ behavioural intentions in the case of private sector banks and reliability of the service is most influential in the case of public sector banks. Research limitations/implications – Future research can focus on “service excellence” being extended beyond assessment of the quality of services, towards evaluation of the quality of life outcomes, to which public organizations contribute, appraisal of the quality of public governance processes and quality of performance in meeting social objectives. Practical implications – Retail bank managers must realize the importance of employees providing competent, reliable service in the case of public sector banks and their responsiveness and behaviour towards customers in the case of private sector banks, as the keys to foster a culture of service excellence. Social implications – High-quality financial consumer policy must not only be able to increase customer satisfaction with financial services but also build security and trust in public administration through transparent processes and accountability. In this context, with public agencies being regarded as service providers and citizens as customers, the concept of quality must also visualize public agencies as catalysts of a responsible and active civic society. Originality/value – This study explores the relationship between service quality and customers’ behavioural intentions in the private and public sector banks by linking both constructs at their dimensional level. It highlights major implications for the service provider, society, consumer and public policy based on the different needs, characteristics and requirements of customers of class and mass banking, that is, private and public sector banks. © 2015, Emerald Group Publishing Limited.
Description: Choudhury, Koushiki, Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta, Kolkata, India
ISSN/ISBN - 13555855
DOI - 10.1108/APJML-02-2015-0025
Appears in Collections:Marketing

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