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Social Networks and Service Quality: A Case of a Sri Lankan Service Sector Organization

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Neranjana Ekanayake ,

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Chandrasiri Abeysinghe

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This paper presents a study on the influence of social networks among employees over service quality of a service sector organization in Sri Lanka. The most sought after approach for managing quality is considered to be Total Quality Management (TQM), which is all about managing quality with the participation of everybody in the organization. TQM studies pay attention to how employees voluntarily participate in accomplishing work, but not on how they collectively behave towards quality. Social network studies capture such collective behaviors. The tendency to study implications of social networks among people is increasing. This study focuses on how social networks among operating employees influence service quality outcomes. This investigation was carried out from theoretical lenses of Organizational Role Theory (ORT), adopting the phenomenological tradition and by way of an instrumental case study. Interviews with managers and operational workers were the main sources of data. The research field was a leading automobile service provider in Sri Lanka having its mother company in Japan. The mother company is famous for introducing various TQM initiatives to the world. TQM practices and informal social networks are found in operation of this company creating quality implications. Findings were analyzed using ORT and reveal that social networks produce positive implications towards quality maintenance when a TQM environment exists. This research produces two outcomes with; (i) an extension to ORT theory and (ii) a message to the quality management practice.

How to Cite: Ekanayake, N., & Abeysinghe, C. (2017). Social Networks and Service Quality: A Case of a Sri Lankan Service Sector Organization. NSBM Journal of Management, 3(1), 53–72. DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/nsbmjm.v3i1.40
Published on 31 Jan 2017.
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