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  • The Global ETD Search service is a free service for researchers to find electronic theses and dissertations. This service is provided by the Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations.
    Our metadata is collected from universities around the world. If you manage a university/consortium/country archive and want to be added, details can be found on the NDLTD website.
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Service quality determinants and effectiveness in commercial real estate.

Wahome, Stephen. January 2010 (has links)
The service industry has been growing fast as national economies grew therefore becoming a major contributor to national gross domestic products (GDP). This growth in the services sector has led to questions around the issue of service quality. The aim of this study was to identify the determinants of service, assess the level of service quality in commercial real estate leasing and identify possible quality improvement measures. In carrying out the study, the service quality model developed by Parasuraman, Zeithaml and Berry (1988:14), SERVQUAL, was used. The study was based on the leasing services of the broking department of one of the leading commercial real estate companies operating in Durban. The study was restricted to the Durban market. A non-probabilistic sample of 120 customers was drawn from a list of lease transactions concluded in the last one year. From this sample, 84 questionnaires were successfully completed either by way of a face to face interview or by telephone, showing a response rate of 70 percent. Data was collected using a questionnaire based on the SERVQUAL model and adjusted by the researcher in order to be relevant to the commercial real estate industry. The questionnaire comprised two sections each with 22 questions divided into the five determinants of service quality, which are service tangibles, reliability, responsiveness, assurance and empathy. The first section of 22 questions was on customer expectations of service while the second section of 22 questions was on customer perceptions of service quality received and factor rating at the end. Factor analysis of survey response data was used to analyze the data and draw conclusions. The study findings are that commercial real estate service quality determinants match those in other industries except for rank and order. In general, service quality was found to be below customer expectations and commercial real estate firms need to work on ways to improve it. The study is limited to the specific settings of customers of property brokers in the Durban commercial real estate market. It is uncertain as to whether the findings can be generalized to other areas. / Thesis (MBA)-University of KwaZulu-Natal, Westville, 2010.
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Quality customer information management in the financial services industry : a case study

Malan, George Francois 03 1900 (has links)
Thesis (MPhil)--Stellenbosch University, 2004. / ENGLISH ABSTRACT: Competition in the long-term insurance industry is intense and is increasing. This market is highly sophisticated and competitive and has developed substantially over the last few years with increasing integration into the world economy. Many companies have come to a crossroad as far as expansion of their market share is concerned. They have to operate in this highly competitive market and are under increasing pressure from legislation. New customers are in a short supply and competition is fierce. These facts are forcing companies to look at alternative ways of increasing their market share, especially through projects that try to maximise the value of existing clients. This paper looks intrinsically at information quality and how it coincides with customer relationship management projects for it to be effective and to give companies a competitive advantage. Through qualitative exploratory methods I was able to get a clear picture of how one of South Africa's biggest insurance companies tries to increase its market share in such a saturated market using information about their customers to gain competitive advantage. I first develop a thorough theoretical background on the terrain of information quality and how it relates to customer information management, which in turn has a great impact and forms the foundation of customer relationship management. Then, I explain how the company sees customer relationship management and how customer information management and information quality playa role in this view. Finally, I look at practical examples of quality information management at work within a framework of customer relationship management. / AFRIKAANSE OPSOMMING: Kompetisie in die langtermyn versekerings-bedryf is intens. Die mark is hoogs gesofistikeerd en kompeterend en het substansieel ontwikkel in die afgelope paar jaar met 'n verhoogde integrasie in die wêreld-mark. Vele maatskappye bevind hulself tans by 'n kruispad- met betrekking tot die uitbreiding van hulle aandeel in die mark. Besigheid moet gedoen word in 'n baie kompeterende mark en dan is daar ook die ewig toenemende druk wat toegepas word met betrekking tot wetlikheid en konformiteit. Dit, tesame met die feit dat kliënte al hoe minder raak, dwing maatskappye om na alternatiewe maniere te kyk om verdienstes op te stoot, en spesifiek deur projekte wat probeer om die waarde van bestaande kliënte te verhoog. Die werkstuk kyk spesifiek na informasie-kwaliteit en hoe dit verband hou met kliënte verhoudingsbestuur projekte om dit effektief te maak. Daar word ook gekyk na hoe dit die maatskappy 'n kompeterende voordeel gee. Deur kwalitatiewe ondersoekende metodes kon ek 'n helder beeld kry van hoe een van Suid Afrika se versekerings-maatskappye probeer om verdienstes te verhoog in so 'n versadigde mark deur gebruik te maak van informasie oor hulle kliente om 'n kompeterende voordeel te verkry. Eerstens ontwikkel ek 'n deeglike teoretiese agtergrond oor die gebied van informasie kwaliteit, en hoe dit verband hou met kliënte informasie-bestuur, wat op sy beurt weer 'n groot impak het en die grondslag vorm van kliënte verhoudingsbestuur. Tweedens verduidelik ek hoe die maatskappy kliënte verhoudingsbestuur sien en hoe kliënte informasie bestuur en informasie-kwaliteit 'n rol speel in die siening. Laastens kyk ek na praktiese voorbeelde van kwaliteit informasie-bestuur en die impak wat dit het op kliënte verhoudingsbestuur.
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Improving customer service through effective supply chain management in a pharmaceutical company

Rothner, Donne January 2010 (has links)
All organisations compete on the basis of service. In today‘s highly competitive world, organisations need to compete to retain their customers and to offer good customer service that will give them a competitive advantage. In the South African pharmaceutical market, the introduction of the Single Exit Price (SEP) and generic substitution have led to the price of equivalent medicines no longer being the differentiating factor in a customer deciding which manufacturer‘s product to purchase. The availability of generic medicines at the pharmacy or hospital has become the differentiating factor. Two types of customers exist in any organisation, namely, external customers and internal customers. Much has been written about the external customer, but less about the internal customer. Many managers do not perceive internal customer service as a priority. Any organisation attempting to deliver quality service to their external customers must begin by serving the needs of their internal customers. Internal service quality is characterised by the attitudes that people have towards one another and in the way that employees serve one another inside the organisation. By improving customer service, the organisation can improve its profitability, sustainability and customer retention. The aim of this study was to determine whether the levels of internal customer service between the three sections of Aspen Pharmacare are optimal. Determining the current performance levels between the staff of the sections will assist in highlighting the areas that require attention. The three sections of Aspen Pharmacare that are internal customers of one another and have been used in the study are: - production; - demand planning; and - distribution. The results of the study show that all three sections rate three service quality dimensions (communication, tangibles and reliability) as important. The results were used to develop an internal customer service model for Aspen Pharmacare.
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Evaluating service quality at George Municipality : a complaints management systems approach

Alcock, Sandra January 2008 (has links)
The search for service and product quality has come to the forefront of business studies as the most important consumer trend of the past two decades. Studies conducted indicate that the 1990s saw a dramatic change in customer expectations concerning service quality and standards with a corresponding increase in the number of complaints from disgruntled customers. In response to this, many organisations have established customer care and complaints management services to respond to the need of customers. A substantial amount of literature exists on the subject of complaints management and its role in service quality, however, the focus has been on organisations in the private sector. The research undertaken in this paper aimed to investigate the role of complaints management systems (CMS) to evaluate service quality. The focus of this research was on local government with special attention on George Municipality. A literature review was done to establish the importance of service quality for local government as well as to investigate the link between an effective complaints management system and improvement in service quality. Furthermore, it was necessary to investigate the characteristics, design and implementation of an effective complaints management system. A questionnaire was developed in order to obtain primary data from a selected sample group. The data obtained from the questionnaire was statistically analysed and interpreted. The core findings from the analysed questionnaire indicated the following:  service quality is relevant in local government;  there is no clear method to measure service quality;  no formal and structured complaints management system exist, and  the implementation of an effective complaints management system will both improve service delivery and provide benefits to all involved. iv This study recommends that:  service quality standards and measurement be of strategic importance to local government;  customers should be consulted and involved when determining the service quality standards and measurement, and  an organised and structured complaints management system that seeks to address all complaints in order to improve the level of service quality to customers be developed. Finally, the success of the CMS will depend on management’s commitment to change on a continuous basis as well as the degree to which management proactively resolves customer complaint through the involvement of the customer.
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The effectiveness of cross-selling as a relationship marketing initiative : an exploration of analytical and commonsense prediction

Ferguson, Graham January 2009 (has links)
[Truncated abstract] Relationship marketing and some of its associated strategies, including customer relationship management (CRM), is an approach to marketing that is increasingly recognised as important by researchers and marketers. The approach suggests that marketers should focus on developing and maintaining strong relationships with existing customers in order to increase customer lifetime value (CLV) and to reduce the costs associated with constantly acquiring new customers. Advocates promote increased revenue per customer, increased products per customer (customer share), lower customer churn (higher retention) and increased chance that loyal customers will advocate on behalf of the organisation (positive word of mouth), as just some of the benefits of building relationships. While the concept of developing stronger relationships with customers appears convincing; the successful implementation of relationship marketing & CRM initiatives has been a challenge for many enterprises. There are many reasons cited for this including differing benchmarks for success, the range of relationship marketing activities available to marketers, customer differences and how marketers choose to model customer response. To cut through this complexity and to contribute to the field, the current study was carried out to explore, in detail, a single relationship marketing initiative being implemented in a large consumer oriented organisation. The goals of the current study were to see whether the introduction of a cross-selling initiative (CSI) helped front line employees to cross-sell additional products to existing customers during face-to-face interactions and whether the technique used to predict product adoption influenced the effectiveness of those cross-selling activities. Cross-selling refers to the promotion of additional products to existing customers. .... It was considered likely that retail employees would be more confident if they received a specific cross-selling recommendation for a customer and that the increased confidence would lead to increased cross-selling activity and better results. The results confirmed that: Retail employees were more likely to approach a customer with a cross-sell offer if they had a specific recommendation for that customer. Cross-sell offers based upon those recommendations were more likely to be successful. Logistic regression was a better technique for identifying customers likely to adopt the product than anecdotal modelling approaches. The current study makes an important contribution to marketers considering or engaging in customer relationship marketing by confirming the effectiveness of CSIs. Based upon the results, CSIs appear to offer marketers an effective tool to increase customer share thereby increasing revenue and potentially increasing customer loyalty, tenure and profitability. The study also illustrates that effective modeling reduces the chance of making superfluous cross-selling offers to customers thereby reducing the cost of cross-selling, enhancing the confidence of retail employees and minimising the risk of damaging existing relationships. Overall, the study illustrates that the potential for CSIs as a relationship marketing tool is substantial and should not be underestimated.
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The impact of inbound logistics activities on the operational performance of the postal services organization in South Africa

Tabeni, Mvelo January 2006 (has links)
Introduction and Relevant Details: This research investigates the impact of inbound logistics' activities on the operational performance of the business within the branches of the South African Post Office (SAPO) in the Eastern Cape Province. The study basically hypothesises a statistically significant positive correlation between inbound logistics' activities and the operational performance of the business with regards to revenue generation and operational costs in particular. A sample of 100 branch offices was randomly selected. A 50-item questionnaire was administered by mail to the branches to collect the data during September 2005, and statistical tests for correlation were conducted on at least five dependent variables; stock procurement costs, effects on revenue, number of stock variation occurrences, order variation occurrences and the stock holding effects. Results of Data Analysis: The results of 88 respondents (88%) showed the existence of the significant positive relationship between the inbound logistics activities and the operational performance of the business at the South African Post Office branches as proposed by the study. The Spearman Rank Correlation tests were above 0.7 for most of the tested variables, showing a strong relationship. The inbound logistics' activities were also found to be positively correlated to revenue generation as well as to the operational expenses of the business. Conclusion and Recommendations: The findings allowed the researcher to conclude also that whatever improvements are made to the inbound logistics will also impact on the operational performance of the business, while failures in the inbound logistics will do so negatively. Business endeavours to maximise revenue and minimise costs are directly affected by the inbound logistics' activities. The branches of the SAPO seemed to be dissatisfied with most of the services rendered by the Supply Distribution Centre (SOC) of the SAPO, and such services have negatively affected the achievement of revenue targets at the branches as well as the operational costs. Holistic approaches to developing positive perceptions in the branches together with improving service activities at the SOC are recommended. Collaborative initiatives between branches and the SOC, reviewing the lead-times and the establishment of proper structures to handle supply chain queries, enhanced by information system technology to provide accurate and up-to-date information to branches and related parties about stock order issues are required . Areas of further research highlighted include the inbound logistics' activities of the SOC and the effectiveness of company policies as a guide to Supply Chain Management (SCM).
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The implementation of the indigent policy in the Greater Tzaneen Municipality in Limpopo Province, South Africa

Mosehla, Lesiba Gift January 2022 (has links)
Thesis (MPA.) -- University of Limpopo, 2022 / Policy development and management remains the subject of boardrooms and societal preoccupation. This is precisely because policies are a vehicle for customer service and service delivery. For any product or service that is produced or consumed or used, there must be certain standard operating procedures, processes, and protocols generated and developed to produce or deliver that product or service to the users (consumers) who are mainly the people. Therefore, policy implementation is the framework that guides processes and procedures to deliver services and products to the people. Thus, this study focuses on the policy implementation process. The aim of the study was to investigate public policy implementation, with a focus on the indigent policy in a local municipality. A qualitative study was undertaken to investigate implementing the indigent policy in the Greater Tzaneen Local Municipality, hereafter referred to as the Greater Tzaneen Municipality. A non-probability sample frame was used where purposive samples were drawn from among municipal administrators (staff), ward committee members, community development workers, politicians (Councillors), indigent beneficiaries, and ordinary community members of the Greater Tzaneen Municipality. Data was collected using semi-structured open-ended question interview guide. In-depth, face-to-face (one-on-one) and telephonic interviews were conducted with the director responsible for finance and the councillor responsible for the social cluster portfolio in the Greater Tzaneen Municipality respectively. Focus group discussions including the officers (staff) responsible for the management and delivery of the indigent services in the Greater Tzaneen, the ward committee members, the community development workers (six), the ward councillors (six), community members and the indigents (six) of the Greater Tzaneen Municipality were also conducted. The participants were organised into Groups A, B, and C for efficient data management. There was a total complement of 20 participants and respondents. This study used the 5C Protocol plus the sixth C, hereinafter also referred to as the Protocol, to investigate implementing the indigent policy in the Greater Tzaneen Municipality. Findings and recommendations deduced from the study mainly highlight the positive or negative outcomes of compliance, namely, lack of capacity to measure water and sanitation in rural areas; policy content well designed and packaged; context variable still needs more attention to cite but a few
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Investigating customer services in selected restaurants in the Tshwane area : an exploratory study

Erdis, Cindy 11 1900 (has links)
This study examines customer service in selected restaurants in the Tshwane area. It is aimed at establishing criteria for excellent customer service in restaurants, which can serve as the basis for building good relationships with customers. An extensive literature study was undertaken and aspects that were discussed in the secondary research include the various components of customer service, as well as the marketing environment of restaurants in South Africa and the Tshwane Area. An empirical study was conducted to namely to investigate customer service in selected restaurants in the Tshwane Area, with the aim to establish criteria for excellent customer service as a benchmark for establishing relationships with customers, by means of an exploratory study. A self-administered survey was conducted whereby questionnaires were handed to restaurant patrons with the restaurant bill folder. Based on the research results, criteria were developed for excellent customer service which can be used as a benchmark for establishing relationships with customers, by providing customer satisfaction, which leads to customer retention, loyalty and ultimately profitability for an organisation. / Business Management / M. Com. (Business Management)
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Investigating customer services in selected restaurants in the Tshwane area : an exploratory study

Erdis, Cindy 11 1900 (has links)
This study examines customer service in selected restaurants in the Tshwane area. It is aimed at establishing criteria for excellent customer service in restaurants, which can serve as the basis for building good relationships with customers. An extensive literature study was undertaken and aspects that were discussed in the secondary research include the various components of customer service, as well as the marketing environment of restaurants in South Africa and the Tshwane Area. An empirical study was conducted to namely to investigate customer service in selected restaurants in the Tshwane Area, with the aim to establish criteria for excellent customer service as a benchmark for establishing relationships with customers, by means of an exploratory study. A self-administered survey was conducted whereby questionnaires were handed to restaurant patrons with the restaurant bill folder. Based on the research results, criteria were developed for excellent customer service which can be used as a benchmark for establishing relationships with customers, by providing customer satisfaction, which leads to customer retention, loyalty and ultimately profitability for an organisation. / Business Management / M. Com. (Business Management)
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The relationship between leadership and internal customer satisfaction within a motor manufacturing company in Gauteng

Samuel, Glen January 2005 (has links)
This research investigates the relationship between leadership and internal customer satisfaction, also called employee satisfaction in this document. The research is conducted within an automotive manufacturer situated in the province of Gauteng, South Africa. The Service Profit Chain forms the foundation on which this research is based as it suggests that the various factors within the service delivery system of an organisation ultimately affect the success of an organisation. From the Service Profit Chain, it is established that a factor that affects employee satisfaction is the leadership within the organisation. The Full Range Leadership Development Theory provides the backbone for analysing the leadership style of each manager by using the Multifactor Leadership Questionnaire. The company’s employee satisfaction model provides the theoretical construct against which the employee satisfaction of the managers’ subordinates is measured using the company’s employee satisfaction questionnaire. Information was gathered from the managers who rated their leadership styles as they perceived it; and from their respective subordinates who rated the managers’ leadership style as they perceived it and also their satisfaction as employees as they perceived it. Data obtained from each instrument, for the respective managers, was then statistically analysed. The reliability of the data could not be proved for some of the factors of the 2 research instruments. However, this research found a statistically significant relationship between transformational leadership and some factors of employee satisfaction, albeit a weak relationship. The null hypothesis was rejected and the alternate hypothesis accepted. A statistically significant relationship exists between leadership style and employee satisfaction levels within an automotive manufacturing organisation.

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