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Quality in international clothing supply chains: cost versus quality

Rowe, Helen D. and Popp, Andrew and Ruckman, Ji Y. (2001) Quality in international clothing supply chains: cost versus quality. Journal of fashion marketing and management, 5 (4). 275-288.. ISSN 1361-2026

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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.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: 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.
Divisions: Legacy Research Institutes > MIRIAD: The Manchester Institute for Research and Innovation in Art and Design > Fashion Business and Technology Research Centre
DOI: 10.1108/EUM0000000007291
Date Deposited: 27 Aug 2009 15:17
Last Modified: 28 Nov 2016 11:51
URI: http://e-space.mmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/78973

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