Understanding Service Quality and Relationship Quality in IS Outsourcing: Client Orientation & Promotion, Project Management Effectiveness, and the Task-Technology-Structure Fit

Journal of Computer Information Systems, Vol. 48, No. 2, pp. 1-15, 2008

16 Pages Posted: 16 Jun 2008 Last revised: 2 Jul 2014

See all articles by Subrata Chakrabarty

Subrata Chakrabarty

University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP)

Dwayne Whitten

Texas A&M University - Department of Information & Operations Management

Kenneth W. Green

Henderson State University

Date Written: 2008

Abstract

A national survey of firms that participated in outsourcing relationships was conducted, and service quality and relationship quality were found to be significantly and positively related to each other and both had a significant impact on user satisfaction. However, the intricacies of the causal effects between the two autonomous constructs, service quality and relationship quality, are a source of interest. In post-analysis theory building, we give a conceptual model that proposes that the positive causal effect of service quality on relationship quality would be positively moderated by the client orientation and promotion effectiveness of the vendor, while the positive causal effect of relationship quality on service quality would be mediated by the project management effectiveness. Hence, this paper comprises of two related parts: first an empirical study, and secondly developing a theory and conceptual model that delve into the causalities involved in service quality, relationship quality, and the role of Internet technologies and collaboration tools.

Keywords: Service Quality, Relationship Quality, User Satisfaction, Outsourcing

JEL Classification: F2, L1, L2, L8, M1, M3, M5

Suggested Citation

Chakrabarty, Subrata and Whitten, Dwayne and Green, Kenneth W., Understanding Service Quality and Relationship Quality in IS Outsourcing: Client Orientation & Promotion, Project Management Effectiveness, and the Task-Technology-Structure Fit (2008). Journal of Computer Information Systems, Vol. 48, No. 2, pp. 1-15, 2008. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1144298

Subrata Chakrabarty (Contact Author)

University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) ( email )

El Paso, TX 79968-0539
United States

HOME PAGE: http://chakrabarty.com

Dwayne Whitten

Texas A&M University - Department of Information & Operations Management ( email )

430 Wehner
College Station, TX 77843-4218
United States

Kenneth W. Green

Henderson State University ( email )

1100 Henderson Street
Arkadelphia, AR 71999-0001
United States

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