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The TQM Journal

ISSN: 1754-2731
Previously published as: The TQM Magazine

Online from: 2008

Subject Area: Managing Quality

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The application of quality function deployment in service quality management


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Title:The application of quality function deployment in service quality management
Author(s):Andreas Andronikidis, (Department of Business Administration, University of Macedonia, Thessaloniki, Greece), Andreas C. Georgiou, (Department of Business Administration, University of Macedonia, Thessaloniki, Greece), Katerina Gotzamani, (Department of Business Administration, University of Macedonia, Thessaloniki, Greece), Konstantina Kamvysi, (Department of Business Administration, University of Macedonia, Thessaloniki, Greece)
Citation:Andreas Andronikidis, Andreas C. Georgiou, Katerina Gotzamani, Konstantina Kamvysi, (2009) "The application of quality function deployment in service quality management", The TQM Journal, Vol. 21 Iss: 4, pp.319 - 333
Keywords:Analytical hierarchy process, Competitive advantage, Customer requirements, Customer satisfaction, Quality function deployment, Service industries
Article type:Research paper
DOI:10.1108/17542730910965047 (Permanent URL)
Publisher:Emerald Group Publishing Limited
Abstract:

Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to promote successful application of quality function deployment (QFD) combined with quantitative techniques in service organizations.

Design/methodology/approach – The paper assesses advantages and disadvantages of implementing the QFD method in service organizations. It discusses the integration of quantitative techniques with QFD in order to overcome some of the problems that organizations face in its application. The implementation of QFD along with AHP and ANP is studied within the bank sector. With the intention of completing the first House of Quality and thus prioritizing customers' bank selection criteria, a field survey was carried out with customers of a bank. Also, information from interviews with the bank's managers was utilized.

Findings – The real world illustration confirms the compatibility between QFD, AHP and ANP and demonstrates the applicability and ease of use of the proposed model.

Originality/value – A procedure is presented to help practitioners of this improved QFD framework deal with the challenges of quick response to dynamic shifts in customer needs by automating the House of Quality (HOQ). The paper could be useful to academics and practitioners in developing the integrated QFD-AHP-ANP method to design high quality services in various services.



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