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Testing the dimensionality of the quality management construct

Elshaer, Ibrahim A.; Augustyn, Marcjanna M.


Ibrahim A. Elshaer

Marcjanna M. Augustyn


© 2014 Taylor & Francis. Numerous empirical studies have conceptualised quality management (QM) as either a multidimensional or unidimensional construct. While few prior studies tested some aspects of the assumed dimensional structure of the construct, no study has been found to have tested the construct's dimensionality using alternative factor analysis models. To gain a better insight into dimensional properties of the QM construct, this paper tests its dimensionality using three confirmatory factor analysis models (oblique factor model, higher-order factor model, and one-factor model) on a subset of data collected in a larger study that investigated the effects of QM on competitive advantage using a sample of 288 hotel managers in Egypt. The results of the three tests indicate that the QM construct is multidimensional. While this study contributes to advancing the QM theory and practice, further studies are needed to investigate the dimensional properties of the construct in greater depth. The results of this study may therefore stimulate research in this area and encourage the much needed debate on the dimensionality of the QM construct.


Elshaer, I. A., & Augustyn, M. M. (2016). Testing the dimensionality of the quality management construct. Total quality management & business excellence, 27(3-4), 353-367.

Acceptance Date Nov 26, 2014
Online Publication Date Dec 20, 2014
Publication Date Mar 3, 2016
Deposit Date Dec 16, 2015
Publicly Available Date Dec 16, 2015
Journal Total quality management and business excellence
Print ISSN 1478-3363
Publisher Routledge
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 27
Issue 3-4
Pages 353-367
Keywords Quality management, Dimensionality, Confirmatory factor analysis
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Contract Date Dec 16, 2015


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