African Journal of
Business Management

  • Abbreviation: Afr. J. Bus. Manage.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1993-8233
  • DOI: 10.5897/AJBM
  • Start Year: 2007
  • Published Articles: 4125

Full Length Research Paper

A quality function deployment approach to HR strategy formation and prioritization: Meeting client satisfaction in service organizations

  Gholamreza Jandaghi*, Ali Naghi Amiri and Abdolazim Mollaee
University of Tehran, Qom College, Tehran, Iran. 
Email: [email protected]

  •  Accepted: 30 September 2010
  •  Published: 30 November 2010

Abstract

 

Client satisfaction itself is a criterion for assessing service organizations in public sector. To reach to organizational objectives, HR strategy plays an important role. Clients usually faced with the human elements of public entities. Therefore, a client driven approach to HR strategy formation would benefit both organizations and clients. QFD is an effective client driven service development tool for inserting client requirements to design process. A customized version of QFD has been utilized to apply client needs in the process of HR strategy formation. Hence, the goal of this study was twofold: to prioritize the client needs and to propose appropriate HR strategies to meet them. This paper examined the applicability of QFD technique in HR strategy prioritization by using a two-stage methodology in which firstly, client needs were ranked and then QFD team used House of Quality to correlate the client needs and HR strategies. Results show that craft strategy scored the first (370.10). Between HR practices, high mobility scored the first important practice (398.08). Also, clients ranked assurance (5.59) as the first important dimension of satisfaction. The method used here is a demand oriented tool for public entities to improve their client satisfaction.

 

Key words: QFD, HR strategy, client satisfaction, ACO.