RESEARCH PAPERS: Progress in Management Papers

Physical Distribution—A New Dimension of Management Control

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John F. Spencer

Handling & Shipping Magazine, Cleveland, Ohio

J. Eng. Ind 93(2), 401-407 (May 01, 1971) (7 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3427934 History: Received July 28, 1970; Online July 15, 2010


This paper describes how physical distribution management systems have the inherent property of improving top management’s control of performance and costs in typical business organizations. It suggests some of the shortcomings of segmented types of control and of incentives related to segmental controls; it explains how the introduction of an integrative principle in management structure can correct these shortcomings, while relieving top management of certain tasks which can be delegated, and in some instances even computerized.

Copyright © 1971 by ASME
Topics: Dimensions
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