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Forecasting the Future Excellence: 30 Years of Evaluating Service Organizations in Slovakia

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Institute of Materials and Quality Engineering, Faculty of Materials, Metallurgy and Recycling, Technical University of Košice, Letná 9, 04200 Košice, Slovakia
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Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Informatics, Technical University of Košice, Letná 9, 04200 Košice, Slovakia
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Faculty of Economics, Technical University of Košice, Letná 9, 04200 Košice, Slovakia
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Design School of Polytechnic Institute of Cávado and Ave (IPCA), 4750-810 Barcelos, Portugal
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Appl. Sci. 2022, 12(14), 6856; https://doi.org/10.3390/app12146856
Received: 14 June 2022 / Revised: 30 June 2022 / Accepted: 5 July 2022 / Published: 6 July 2022
The aim of this paper is to model and interpret the results obtained from the assessment of the Level of Excellence of Slovak service organizations using the criteria of the European Foundation for Quality Management (EFQM) excellence model. The Gompertz logistic function is effectively employed to fit the incremental improvement and predict the values of future Levels of Excellence. The EFQM model is usually used to improve organizational development and performance. The study focuses on the problem of the slow growth or even stagnation of Slovak service organizations towards Excellence. The questionnaire method was used to assess the Level of Excellence of the selected organizations, and the approach of measuring efficiency as a ratio of results and enablers was used to evaluate the organization’s ability to transform inputs into outputs. Data were collected from 30 service organizations over a period of 20 years. The first finding of the study is the demonstration of the applicability of the Gompertz function to model the evolution of the Level of Excellence. The accuracy of the model is very high, and this predisposes this function to be used to forecast the scores of organizations over time. Examining efficiency yielded a second finding, that organizations were failing to capitalize on the effort put into translating it into results. After the first few years of growth, efficiency stagnates and then even declines. This suggests that the application of the original EFQM excellence model has reached the end of its ability to improve the effectiveness of organizations as a whole. Individual firms may have been growing or declining, but the average service score across the country had no longer the capacity to improve anymore. View Full-Text
Keywords: EFQM model; Gompertz function; forecasting; Level of Excellence; service organization EFQM model; Gompertz function; forecasting; Level of Excellence; service organization
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Zgodavova, K.; Bober, P.; Urbančíková, N.; Santos, G.; Sütőová, A. Forecasting the Future Excellence: 30 Years of Evaluating Service Organizations in Slovakia. Appl. Sci. 2022, 12, 6856. https://doi.org/10.3390/app12146856

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Zgodavova K, Bober P, Urbančíková N, Santos G, Sütőová A. Forecasting the Future Excellence: 30 Years of Evaluating Service Organizations in Slovakia. Applied Sciences. 2022; 12(14):6856. https://doi.org/10.3390/app12146856

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Zgodavova, Kristina, Peter Bober, Nataša Urbančíková, Gilberto Santos, and Andrea Sütőová. 2022. "Forecasting the Future Excellence: 30 Years of Evaluating Service Organizations in Slovakia" Applied Sciences 12, no. 14: 6856. https://doi.org/10.3390/app12146856

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