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Title: Quality in international clothing supply chains: cost versus quality
Authors: Rowe, Helen D.
Popp, Andrew
Ruckman, Ji Y.
Citation: Journal of fashion marketing and management, 2001, vol. 5, no. 4, pp. 275-288.
Publisher: Emerald
Issue Date: Dec-2001
DOI: 10.1108/EUM0000000007291
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Abstract: Building on a series of earlier studies of the relationship between quality and international clothing supply chains, this paper focuses on the role of independent test houses in order to further explore the tensions between cost and quality imperatives operating in the process of internationalisation. The paper, using qualitative data derived from semi-structured face-to-face interviews, first establishes a theoretical perspective on the position of testing and the test house in the supply chain, before turning to an examination of the cultural attributes of test houses, retailers and manufacturers. This approach allows for an assessment of the value accorded to quality issues. The paper concludes by stressing the dominance of the cost imperative.
Type: Article
Language: en
Description: Full-text of this article is not available in this e-prints service. This article was originally published [following peer-review] in Journal of Fashion Marketing and Management, published by and copyright Emerald.
Keywords: Clothing industry
Supply-chain management
ISSN: 1361-2026
Appears in Collections: Fashion Business and Technology Research Centre

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