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A Survey Of The Perceived Value Of Quality Assurance In The UK-based Freight Industry

Price

Free (open access)

Paper DOI

10.2495/MT010351

Volume

53

Pages

10

Published

2001

Size

1,083 kb

Author(s)

D. S. Grewal and D. Neilsen

Abstract

A survey of the perceived value of quality assurance in the UK-based freight industry D. S. Ore war and D. Nielserr Tasmania, 7250, Australia Abstract The aim of this study is to evaluate the level of satisfaction with Quality Assurance systems in the freight transport industry of the UK. The study focuses on road, air, and sea modes, terminals and warehouses but excludes passenger transport. It is found that organisational attraction to having Quality Assurance is high but powerful influences outside the range of variables studied affect the decision by management to have a quality assurance system in place. With the exception of air transport, all sectors studied subjectively rated their operations more capital than labour intensive. The impact of mimetic forces, i.e. the competition having quality assurance, is seen to be not significant. The assumption that companies handling high-value goods are attracted to quality assurance is equally rejected. The selection of th

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