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Relational benefits in a higher education service context : a student's perspective

conference contribution
posted on 06.12.2017, 00:00 by M Raciti, Antony Ward
Relationship marketing (RM) represents a possible marketing strategy for regional, new universities in Australia. Universities have been interested in student retention for many reasons other than marketing. However, now faced with increased domestic competition and the adoption of a student customer focus, the need to stem student attrition has become more pronounced. RM represents a possible strategy for regional, new universities, as the key outcome of RM is the retention of current customers. An important aspect of RM is that relationships are mutually beneficial to both the customer and the organisation. There exists little literature on the benefits of RM to the customer, however, in order for RM strategies to be effective, customers must also perceive there to be a benefit from participating in a relationship. This paper is concerned with the relational benefits perceived by first year students participating in relationships with their lecturers/tutors at regional, new universities in Australia. The findings of an exploratory study and subsequent questionnaire survey identified three categories of relational benefits. This study found that learning environment benefits were the most important category of relational benefits perceived by first year students at regional, new universities, followed by motivation benefits and then assessment confidence benefits.

Funding

Category 1 - Australian Competitive Grants (this includes ARC, NHMRC)

History

Start Page

1315

End Page

1323

Number of Pages

9

Start Date

01/12/2003

Finish Date

03/12/2003

ISBN-10

0868039837

Location

Adelaide, S.A.

Publisher

University of South Australia

Place of Publication

Adelaide, S. Aust.

Peer Reviewed

Yes

Open Access

No

External Author Affiliations

Conference; Faculty of Business and Law; Sunshine Coast University;

Era Eligible

Yes

Name of Conference

Australian & New Zealand Marketing Academy. Conference

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