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ERIC Number: ED528508
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 173
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISBN: ISBN-978-1-1095-0596-2
Using Social Network Analysis to Examine How Perceived Beliefs Affect Service Quality in Public Higher Education Institutions
Robinson-Neal, Andree
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, Fielding Graduate University
In business, educational, and other organizations, team members often connect with one another in informal groups in order to fill certain needs (Accel-Team, 2006). Such needs include the ability to connect with others who share worldviews, opinions, or beliefs. When social network analysis (SNA) or concept mapping is used to examine interpersonal interactions in higher education institutions, administrators can learn about the informal relationships between the people in their departments and how those relationships affect workflow and customer service. For the purpose of this study, "beliefs" can be defined as confidence, faith, or trust. "Customer service" can be defined as service to students, faculty, and other staff members. The purpose of this research was to assess whether perceived beliefs affect quality of service at public higher education institutions (IHEs). Online surveys and interviews were designed to collect information related to participant beliefs and the workplace. Study results indicate that while perceived beliefs influence sociability at IHEs, a more focused qualitative project that includes observation and interviews may provide more detailed information about the nature of workplace networks and the influence perceived beliefs have on their formation. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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