Internal services are fundamental to corporate competitiveness today. Not only do they support line functions but also are directly adding value to the company′s final offerings. However, the level of performance of internal service providers is not meeting the requirements of their users. The authors, continuing their research in this area, surveyed 300 executives on the importance and performance of internal services. They demonstrate the perceived gap between service users′ needs and service providers′ performance, try to understand why this gap exists, and offer some organisational diagnostics for identifying these gaps and prescriptions for redressing them.
International Journal of Service Industry Management – Emerald Publishing
Published: Apr 1, 1991
Keywords: International marketing; Service levels; Competitiveness; Service industries; Manufacturing industry; Organizational performance
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