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Analysing the Commitment – Service Quality Relationship: A Comparative Study of Retail Banking Call Centres and Branches

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Abstract:

Adopting an internal marketing approach, this paper attempts to provide a deeper understanding of the organisational commitment—service quality relationship in the service context. This is done by empirically testing the relationships that the three components of organisational commitment (affective, continuance and normative) have with the service quality of customer-contact employees. The hypotheses were framed by critically reviewing the extant literature in the areas of services marketing and human resource management. A large sample comparative study was conducted on employees in call centres and branches of a major retail bank in UK. We explore the important question of how the three components of organisational commitment influence the employee-perceived service quality differently in call centres and in branches. The findings indicate that in branches, both affective commitment and continuance commitment have significant positive impact on service quality while in call centres, only affective commitment is found to affect service quality significantly. Having established the commitment—service quality relationship, the implications for designing internal marketing strategies are further discussed.

Keywords: AFFECTIVE COMMITMENT; BANKING; BRANCHES; CALL CENTRES; COMMITMENT; CONTINUANCE COMMITMENT; FACTOR ANALYSIS; INTERNAL MARKETING; NORMATIVE COMMITMENT; REGRESSION ANALYSIS; SERVICE QUALITY

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1362/026725703770558277

Publication date: November 1, 2003

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