Manufacturers satisfaction on third party logistics service quality: Malaysia perspective / Abdul Khabir Rahmat

Rahmat, Abdul Khabir (2018) Manufacturers satisfaction on third party logistics service quality: Malaysia perspective / Abdul Khabir Rahmat. PhD thesis, Universiti Teknologi MARA.


Little is known about how customer satisfaction was formed among users of logistics service in collectivist society particularly in Malaysia. Numbers of a study conducted in western countries which identified the elements contributing to satisfaction, the difference of cultural background between individualistic country and the collectivist country may suggest variations on how collectivist society value the element of logistics service and how they derive maximum satisfaction. In National Culture study conducted by Hofstede (2010) indicates that there is a difference of character/ preferences/ sensitivities between the individualistic and collectivist society. Therefore the objectives of the study are to investigate on what makes the users of logistics service satisfied among the collectivist society. Qualitative research was deployed. Preliminary data collection were conducted, five companies were interviewed for preliminary studies. Three companies are logistics providers, and two is logistics users. Preliminary results show that there are new elements which are not mentioned in any Logistics Service Quality previous works and 3PL reports that they need to know more about what makes their customer satisfied, which became the primary motivation to delve further into the study. The next step is the collection of primary data. Primary data were collected by using face to face interviews using semi-structured questions. Nine (9) logistics service providers and 14 logistics service users (manufacturers) were interviewed. Data were transcribed and analysed by identifying the theme and patterns with the aim to understand the present and emerging theories. The findings show that in achieving customer satisfaction in the Malaysia context, new construct includes the condition of transport and container, consistency of service, cost reduction activities. An existing construct which is order release quantities and order discrepancy handling do not appear to be irrelevant. Subcomponents of the quality of key contact personnel appear to be significant is responsiveness, attentiveness and systematic work. The emerging elements provide the critical insights on the elements which lead to satisfaction in the context of Malaysian logistics service users. Finally is the cultural values which moderate the satisfaction of users include personal relationship, dialects and respect. Rather than the organisation's performance-related factors, the results revealed that, within the Malaysian national culture context, there is the influence of the cultural element towards customer satisfaction.


Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
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Rahmat, Abdul Khabir
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > Automobile industry and trade
H Social Sciences > HF Commerce > Customer services. Customer relations
Divisions: Universiti Teknologi MARA, Shah Alam > Malaysia Institute of Transport (MITRANS)
Keywords: Manufacturers, Satisfaction, Logistics, Malaysia
Date: 2018
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