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The IUP Journal of Operations Management :
Developing a Scale to Assure Service Quality to Suppliers Working with Indian Small and Medium Manufacturing Enterprises
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The purpose of the present study is to develop a service quality scale by identifying the attributes of internal service quality delivered by small and medium manufacturing enterprises to their supplier units in order to ease their working and improve their delivery performance. 120 representatives from supplier units delivering materials and other supplies to small and medium manufacturing enterprises of North India responded to a questionnaire survey. Construct validation using exploratory factor analysis showed an interpretable latent structure consisting of four dimensions. Confirmatory factor analysis developed a valid and reliable service quality measurement scale with 16 items. It was observed that service quality of manufacturing units working towards suppliers comprises four dimensions, viz., assurance, communication, alignment and responsiveness. Snowball sampling was undertaken for this research. The scale developed in this research can be used by managers of small and medium manufacturing units in identification of opportunities for assuring service excellence to their suppliers to facilitate their working and improve performance, thereby mutually benefitting both partners as well as the whole supply chain. This research provides a framework to researchers to build more service quality scales in similar situations so that more concrete generalizations can be made.

 
 

Managing successful operations in today’s competitive marketplace poses significant challenges. Competitive market pressures within today’s contemporary business environments have encouraged the partnership of many supply chain members.

Of particular interest is the development of successful linkages between firms in an effort to improve product and service quality and efficiency. The formation of manufacturer-supplier partnerships has emerged as a significant/popular competitive strategy in marketing channel relationships. Various researchers (Bowersox et al., 1999; Lambert et al., 1999; and Holl, 2008) have also highlighted that successful partnerships and relationship integration throughout the supply chain have the potential to render efficiencies, profits and service.

 
 

Operations Management Journal,Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs),Interpretation of Factor Structure,Model Fit,Validity of Construct.