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An exploratory analysis of quality costing in Greek F&B enterprises

Evrikleia Chatzipetrou (Department of Business Administration, University of Macedonia, Thessaloniki, Greece)
Odysseas Moschidis (Department of Business Administration, University of Macedonia, Thessaloniki, Greece)

The TQM Journal

ISSN: 1754-2731

Article publication date: 13 March 2017




Given the fact that the Greek food and beverage (F&B) sector, along with the tourism sector, is the basis of Greek economy, the purpose of this paper is to depict the extent to which Greek F&B enterprises have embraced quality costing, as a means toward economic development and quality assurance. Since no previous research has taken place in this area, the paper aims to analyze whether the quality costing approach has been adopted, in order to achieve quality improvement and a reduction of production costs.


As the variables in this research are mostly nominal, and no similar work has been previously conducted in Greece, an exploratory approach is adopted, specifically multiple correspondence analysis. This approach enables the researcher not only to analyze the phenomenon in a more holistic way, but also to highlight potential issues and questions that have not been previously identified.


The research concludes that Greek F&B enterprises have not yet accepted the assumption that quality costing leads to a reduction of production costs and to quality improvement. Furthermore, a second analysis highlights that “turnover” and “ISO-HACCP systems” are the most dominant demographic variables, which have a direct relationship to prevention and internal failure costs.


Since the Greek F&B industry constitutes the larger “employer” of domestic manufacturing, this research sheds light on the role that quality costing plays in the development and success of the Greek F&B sector, by exploring the approach that has been adopted by F&B enterprises, as well as the economic outcome of this process.



Chatzipetrou, E. and Moschidis, O. (2017), "An exploratory analysis of quality costing in Greek F&B enterprises", The TQM Journal, Vol. 29 No. 2, pp. 324-341.



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