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How effective are national quality strategies for business – empirical evidence from Switzerland

Stefan Mann (Socioeconomics, Agroscope, Ettenhausen, Switzerland)

British Food Journal

ISSN: 0007-070X

Article publication date: 18 December 2020

Issue publication date: 27 April 2021

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Abstract

Purpose

Over the last decades, Swiss core actors in the administration, the parliament and the food chain, have developed a national quality strategy for the agri-food sector. The effectiveness of such symbolic actions is unclear.

Design/methodology/approach

By dividing the average export prices by the average import prices of commodities on a four-digit tariff-line level, the study tests how price ratios have evolved between 1997 and 2017.

Findings

Based on examples where these ratios turn systematically upward or downward, the study shows that the export–import price ratio generally follows a decreasing trend over time. The author concludes that the national quality strategy for business suffers from a weak level of operationalisation.

Originality/value

To the best of the author’s knowledge, the indicator used in the study is new.

Keywords

Citation

Mann, S. (2021), "How effective are national quality strategies for business – empirical evidence from Switzerland", British Food Journal, Vol. 123 No. 5, pp. 1722-1731. https://doi.org/10.1108/BFJ-06-2020-0461

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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