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The Influence of Culture and the Level of Acculturation on the Perceptions of Service Quality among the Customers with Swedish, Polish and Russian Backgrounds.: Study of Swedish Banking Industry
Mälardalen University, School of Sustainable Development of Society and Technology. (Group 2242)
Mälardalen University, School of Sustainable Development of Society and Technology. (Group 2242)
2009 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Date: May 29, 2009

Course: Master thesis, EFO705

Authors: Uliana Kovaleva, 830906, Karolina Turbak, 850710

Tutor: Tobias Eltebrandt

Title: The Influence of Culture and the Level of Acculturation on the Perceptions of Service Quality among the Customers with Swedish, Polish and Russian Backgrounds.

Strategic question: How important is the customers’ ethnic background, culture and level of acculturation when choosing a provider of financial services?

Research questions: If customers with Polish and Russian origin differ in their perceptions of the service quality attributes from Swedish customers, what kind of influence do culture and the level of acculturation have on their perceptions of service quality?

Method: Apart from secondary data, the questionnaire results were collected as a source of the primary data. The study was conducted using both quantitative and qualitative methods. The questionnaire results were analysed in SPSS by applying T-tests, and the answers for the open-ended questions were analysed additionally.

Theoretical Framework: The theories which were used include service quality dimensions, Hofstede’s cultural dimensions and the level of acculturation. The results of previous studies addressing the cultural influences on the service quality were applied extensively. The theories were chosen according to the purpose of the study and used in analysis in a comprehensive way.

Conclusions: According to the study culture and the level of acculturation have influence on the perceptions of service quality. The Polish and Russian customers with the low and medium levels of acculturation have lower overall service quality perceptions compared to the highly acculturated customers with foreign background and Swedish. In particular, the perceptions of assurance and empathy dimensions are significantly different between the studied groups.

 

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2009. , p. 40
Keywords [en]
Service quality, culture, Hofstede’s cultural dimensions, level of acculturation, banking, Sweden
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URN: urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-6278OAI: oai:DiVA.org:mdh-6278DiVA, id: diva2:224153
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2009-05-29, T2-015, Västerås, 10:15 (English)
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“The impact of cultural recognition on service‐consumtions among customers in Sweden with foreign background.”Available from: 2009-10-29 Created: 2009-06-16 Last updated: 2014-06-30Bibliographically approved

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