THE INFLUENCE OF SERVICE QUALITY MANAGEMENT PRACTICES ON THE PERFORMANCE OF HOTEL FIRMS IN KENYA

  • Joseph A. Mose School of Business, University of Nairobi
  • Francis N. Kibera Professor of Strategic Marketing Management, School of Business, University of Nairobi

Abstract

The principal objective of the study was to empirically assess the influence of service quality management practices (top management support, employee management, customer orientation, quality information, reward and recognition and product/service) on the performance of hotel firms in Kenya. The pertinent hypothesis was derived from the objective. The study population comprised 209 hotel firms registered with the Kenya Association of Hotelkeepers and Caterers (KAHC) which is the principal umbrella body that brings together duly registered hotels, lodges, restaurants, membership clubs and camps operating in Kenya. A descriptive cross-sectional survey was used. The relevant primary data were collected from Chief Executives and Senior Managers using semi-structured questionnaire. Data were analyzed using descriptive statistics, inferential statistics and regression analysis. The results of the study revealed that service quality management practices significantly influences performance. The coefficient of determination (R2) showed that service quality management practices explained 14.8% of the variation in overall firm performance. Holding other factors constant, a unit increase in service quality practices would cause a 0.359 increase in firm performance. A t-value of 3.857 was established at p=0.000 depicting that the relationship was statistically significant at 95% confidence level (p-value < .05). The study has made contributions to theory, policy and practice in relation to marketing in general and specifically in service quality management practices and firm performance in the hotel industry. Future research should include additional factors, use a longitudinal research design and test the model in different sectors of the economy.

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Published
2015-08-30
How to Cite
Mose, J. A., & Kibera, F. N. (2015). THE INFLUENCE OF SERVICE QUALITY MANAGEMENT PRACTICES ON THE PERFORMANCE OF HOTEL FIRMS IN KENYA. European Scientific Journal, ESJ, 11(22). Retrieved from https://eujournal.org/index.php/esj/article/view/6063