The effects of perceptual processes on the measurement of service quality
Emerald Group Publishing Ltd.
Business and Public Management
Marketing, Tourism and Leisure
Methods of measuring service quality have suffered from a lack of discussion about perceptual processes involved in a consumer’s evaluation of quality. Most importantly, it is the perception of service quality at the time of the next purchase decision that may better explain repeat buying behaviour, rather than the traditional measure taken immediately post‐consumption. This paper reports on a study of visitors to an adventure theme park. A longitudinal study employing a modified SERVQUAL scale observed that perceptions of service quality declined with the passage of time. Perceptions of items of high importance and those involving tangible elements declined the least. Changes in individuals’ perceptions over time were found to be associated with changes in behavioural intention.