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System Dynamics in Quality Certifications: Development of an Audit Quality Controlling System


  • Albersmeier, Friederike
  • Schulze, Holger
  • Spiller, Achim


Over the past few years, certification schemes in the agribusiness sector have gained great importance as an instrument of quality assurance in the supply chain (Jahn et al. 2005; Fulponi2006; European Communities 2006a). Especially in the EU several standards have been established,which partially diverge extremely according to their focus, target groups and goals.While most of these systems have a rather low diffusion in the food sector (e. g. Label Rouge or Geprüfte Qualität Bayern), certification schemes such as QS, BRC, IFS or EurepGap already cover substantial parts and are widely known within the business (European Communities 2006a). However, the reputation and status which these systems have built up during the past few years, greatly depend on the confidence in meeting the promises of assuring quality and food issues. If the standard is unable to come up to the expectations of consumers and business partners, the value of such a scheme is easy to doubt and trust is going to fade (Fulponi 2006: 8). In consequence, the withdrawal of considerable parts of the supply chain could bring down the entire system. Aside from this effect, a certification scheme is always exposed to the interests of censorious stakeholders (e. g. consumer associations and NGOs) who generally have good connections to media and politics. In this case, even the rumour or accusation of flaws and scandals poses enormous problems for the reputation of the standard.

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  • Albersmeier, Friederike & Schulze, Holger & Spiller, Achim, 2007. "System Dynamics in Quality Certifications: Development of an Audit Quality Controlling System," 2007 1st Forum, February 15-17, 2007, Innsbruck, Austria 6585, International European Forum on System Dynamics and Innovation in Food Networks.
  • Handle: RePEc:ags:iefi07:6585
    DOI: 10.22004/ag.econ.6585

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    1. Fulponi, Linda, 2006. "Private voluntary standards in the food system: The perspective of major food retailers in OECD countries," Food Policy, Elsevier, vol. 31(1), pages 1-13, February.
    2. McCluskey, Jill J., 2000. "A Game Theoretic Approach to Organic Foods: An Analysis of Asymmetric Information and Policy," Agricultural and Resource Economics Review, Cambridge University Press, vol. 29(1), pages 1-9, April.
    3. Gabriele Jahn & Matthias Schramm & Achim Spiller, 2005. "The Reliability of Certification: Quality Labels as a Consumer Policy Tool," Journal of Consumer Policy, Springer, vol. 28(1), pages 53-73, December.
    4. DeAngelo, Linda Elizabeth, 1981. "Auditor independence, `low balling', and disclosure regulation," Journal of Accounting and Economics, Elsevier, vol. 3(2), pages 113-127, August.
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    1. Padilla Bravo, Carlos Antonio & Spiller, Achim & Villalobos, Pablo, 2012. "Are Organic Growers Satisfied with the Certification System? A Causal Analysis of Farmers’ Perceptions in Chile," International Food and Agribusiness Management Review, International Food and Agribusiness Management Association, vol. 15(4), pages 1-22, November.
    2. Olga Filaretova & Marie von Meyer-Höfer & Katia Laura Sidali, 2017. "Is perceived authenticity also desired? Investigating the relation between perceived authenticity and product preference," ECONOMIA AGRO-ALIMENTARE, FrancoAngeli Editore, vol. 19(3), pages 311-331.


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