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Investments in product quality: A descriptive study of the US optical fiber industry


  • Link, An
  • Quick, P
  • Tassey, G


This paper attempts, in a descriptive fashion, to foster an understanding of the character and magnitude of investments to achieve quality by firms in the optical fiber industry. Based on survey data from all US firms and from a representative sample of international companies, it appears that, among other things, US firms invested a larger percent of their budgets toward quality-related objectives in the 1980s than did their foreign counterparts. This might explain, in part, why US producers of optical fiber dominate the world market when many other technology-based industries are losing their share of the world market.

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  • Link, An & Quick, P & Tassey, G, 1991. "Investments in product quality: A descriptive study of the US optical fiber industry," Omega, Elsevier, vol. 19(5), pages 471-474.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:jomega:v:19:y:1991:i:5:p:471-474

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