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An Adaptation of SERVQUAL for Events Evaluation: An Environmental Sustainability Addon

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Federal Institute of Espirito Santo, Campus Cariacica, Cariacica 29150-410, Brazil
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Algoritmi Center, Department of Production and Systems, School of Engineering, University of Minho, 4800-058 Guimarães, Portugal
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Department of Civil and Environment Engineering, Faculty of Technology, University of Brasilia, Brasília 70910-900, Brazil
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GOVCOPP, Department of Economics, Management and Industrial Engineering and Tourism, University of Aveiro, 3810-193 Aveiro, Portugal
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Sustainability 2020, 12(18), 7408; https://doi.org/10.3390/su12187408
Received: 20 August 2020 / Revised: 1 September 2020 / Accepted: 3 September 2020 / Published: 9 September 2020
(This article belongs to the Section Sustainable Management)
The events sector is continuously growing, driven by economic development and increased spending on leisure. As events may generate a large amount of waste, an environmental impact assessment is increasingly important for any event. The importance and necessity of this has recently become more significant not only from an environmental preservation perspective, but also from a social responsibility perspective, and from a marketing and public relations perspective. This paper presents a study carried out with the objective of creating a model adapted from the ServQual to evaluate the quality of the service provided with events, complementing the model with an environmental sustainability add on. Based on an action-research approach, a model was built that was developed and applied to small events in a Brazilian municipality. As the main result of this work, this approach allowed to create a way to measure the event quality, considering the gaps between expectations and perceptions of the client, adapting the ServQual Model to an event-type service. Moreover, it allowed the inclusion of an environmental sustainability dimension to ServQual. This adaptation of the model introduced new managerial analysis and was considered relevant by event managers. This study extends the application of service management tools to the specific domain of events, building on the perspective that event management shares a great deal of characteristics of services. View Full-Text
Keywords: event management; sustainable events; project management; environmental sustainability; service quality; ServQual event management; sustainable events; project management; environmental sustainability; service quality; ServQual
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Menezes, A.; Lima, R.M.; Aquere, A.L.; Amorim, M. An Adaptation of SERVQUAL for Events Evaluation: An Environmental Sustainability Addon. Sustainability 2020, 12, 7408. https://doi.org/10.3390/su12187408

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Menezes A, Lima RM, Aquere AL, Amorim M. An Adaptation of SERVQUAL for Events Evaluation: An Environmental Sustainability Addon. Sustainability. 2020; 12(18):7408. https://doi.org/10.3390/su12187408

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Menezes, Andromeda, Rui M. Lima, André L. Aquere, and Marlene Amorim. 2020. "An Adaptation of SERVQUAL for Events Evaluation: An Environmental Sustainability Addon" Sustainability 12, no. 18: 7408. https://doi.org/10.3390/su12187408

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