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Education as service: the understanding of university experience through the service logic
Ng, Irene C. L.
University of Exeter
Journal of Marketing for Higher Education
With the marketization of UK higher education, this paper develops a framework from services marketing that can assist universities in understanding what market orientation means and how students would value their offerings. Our study shows that the core service in a university experience is a learning experience that is co-created, and that the value is emergent, unstructured, interactive, uncertain, with a hedonic dimension. Our paper modifies the gap model of service quality to show that an ideological gap exists that may also impede the quality of the university experience. We propose that a one-sided expectation by students leads to student consumerism and disengagement. Paradoxically, we show that a true student-orientated marketing puts the university ideology at the centre of marketing efforts and that marketing may well be an effective tool to communicate such ideologies.
Pre-print of article accepted for publication in Journal of Marketing for Higher Education
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