The proliferation of sophisticated computer-assisted communication technologies (e.g., voice mail systems, computer conferencing, video conferencing, electronic mail, image transmission) is causing organizations to examine the potential influence such technologies could have on the quality of service delivered to customers (both, internal and external). This paper investigates the impact of an advanced communication technology on the quality of service delivered by employees within an organization to their peers (internal customers). An empirical study was conducted to assess the expectations and performance levels of “internal service” after the incorporation of an advanced communication technology (voice mail) within one service organization (financial institution). Results indicate that the level of expectations of internal service in the context of voice mail were much higher than actual service performance. Analysis also revealed that perceptions of internal service quality significantly differed on the basis of gender and educational level of respondents. Directions for future research and managerial implications for enhancing internal service quality through the incorporation of new information technologies are also discussed.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||32|
|Journal||Journal of Customer Service in Marketing and Management|
|Publication status||Published - Sep 2 1998|
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