A techno-managerial approach in food quality management research

P.A. Luning, W.J. Marcelis

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In this article it is discussed that food quality management issues are much more complex than often assumed and that it requires a specific research approach. It is argued that food quality management deals with dynamic and complex food systems and people systems involved in realising food quality. A conceptual food quality relationship is developed, assuming that food quality is a function of both food and human behaviour and their interaction. The relationship reflects that food quality is dependent on both dynamic properties of the food product, as related to applied technological conditions, and dynamic properties of people, as related to applied administrative conditions. A techno-managerial approach to research food quality management issues is derived, which involves the integrated analysis of theories from technological and managerial sciences.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)378-385
Number of pages8
JournalTrends in Food Science and Technology
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 2006


  • critical control point
  • hazard analysis
  • haccp
  • implementation
  • barriers
  • safety
  • judgments
  • products
  • behavior


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