Accession Number : ADA107860


Title :   The Search for Small Businesses with Investments in Metric Production.


Descriptive Note : Phase rept.,


Corporate Author : COATES (J F) INC WASHINGTON DC


Personal Author(s) : Hitchcock,Henry H ; Coates,Joseph F


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a107860.pdf


Report Date : 02 Jun 1981


Pagination or Media Count : 69


Abstract : A purposive sample of 1161 manufacturing firms were contacted. The purpose was to locate a few small businesses for in-depth analysis of the costs, benefits, problems, and opportunities posed by metrication. The search process itself was worthy of exposition; this report details that search. Some general findings are: there is a widespread capability among small business to produce metric products but the capability is shallow; unusual or big demands for metric products may be difficult to meet; the investment and extent of conversion for most small businesses is very small and unimportant; developing a metric capability is seen as a routine, unexceptional, necessary cost of doing business; conversion by small businesses is usually the result of demands from existing customers--especially large firms; few small businesses have converted to increase foreign sales. (Author)


Descriptors :   *INDUSTRIES , *COMMERCE , *METRIC SYSTEM , CONVERSION , MANUFACTURING , MARKETING , INVESTMENTS , INDUSTRIAL PRODUCTION , COSTS , SURVEYS , USER NEEDS , BENEFITS , CONSUMERS


Subject Categories : Administration and Management
      Economics and Cost Analysis


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE