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Effects of Information Technologies and Systems on Returned Products Management in Manufacturing Companies

9th International Conference on Knowledge, Economy & Management Proceedings, Sarajevo-Bosnia & Herzegovina, June 2011

17 Pages Posted: 28 Jun 2011  

Bülent Başaran

Bilecik Şeyh Edebali University

Date Written: June 24, 2011

Abstract

Returned products and how manufacturing companies handle those products require dedicated reverse logistics activities. A reverse logistics activity that concerns a returned product may involve some information technologies and systems (IT&Ss). The existence of IT&Ss in manufacturing companies is expected to facilitate their internal abilities regarding returned product processes. This paper aims to find out if there exists any difference among some IT&Ss user and none-user companies in terms of some internal managerial performance indicators of reverse logistics. This paper also aims to find out if those IT&Ss enhance returned product managerial performances in manufacturing companies. A survey methodology is structured in order to collect categorical and seven-point Likert scale data. Exploratory factor analysis, one-way ANOVA, and independent sample t-tests are carried out on a sample of 255 Turkish manufacturers mostly operate in textile, furniture, automotive and machinery industries. The results indicate that there are some differences among IT&S user and none-user companies in terms of their managerial abilities regarding returned products. For example, the companies that use “Total Quality Management (TQM)” and “Manufacturing Resource Planning (MRP II)” are strictly differentiated from none-users of those systems and technologies.

Keywords: information technology, information system, returned products, reverse logistics

JEL Classification: M11, M31

Suggested Citation

Başaran, Bülent, Effects of Information Technologies and Systems on Returned Products Management in Manufacturing Companies (June 24, 2011). 9th International Conference on Knowledge, Economy & Management Proceedings, Sarajevo-Bosnia & Herzegovina, June 2011. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1873330

Bülent Başaran (Contact Author)

Bilecik Şeyh Edebali University ( email )

Gülümbe Köyü/ Bilecik
Bilecik
Turkey

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