Getting return on quality: Revenue expansion, cost reduction, or both?

Journal Article (Journal Article)

Financial benefits from quality may be derived from revenue expansion, cost reduction, or both simultaneously. The literature on both market orientation and customer satisfaction provides considerable support for the effectiveness of the revenue expansion perspective, whereas the literature on both quality and operations provides equally impressive support for the effectiveness of the cost reduction perspective. There, is, however, little evidence for the effectiveness of attempting both revenue expansion and cost reduction simultaneously, and some of what little empirical and theoretical literature is available suggests that emphasizing both simultaneously may not work. In a study of managers in firms seeking to obtain a financial return from quality improvements, the authors address the issue of which quality profitability emphasis (revenue expansion, cost reduction, or both) is most effective. The authors examine firm performance using managers' reports of firm performance and longitudinal secondary data on firm profitability and stock returns. Although it is clear that no company can neglect either revenue expansion or cost reduction, the empirical results suggest that firms that adopt primarily a revenue expansion emphasis perform better than firms that try to emphasize cost reduction and better than firms that try to emphasize both revenue expansion and cost reduction simultaneously. The results have implications with respect to how both theory and practice view organizational efforts to achieve financial returns from quality improvements.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Rust, RT; Moorman, C; Dickson, PR

Published Date

  • October 1, 2002

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 66 / 4

Start / End Page

  • 7 - 24

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0022-2429

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1509/jmkg.

Citation Source

  • Scopus