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Diagnosing and prognosticating the quality movement - a review on the 25 years quality literature (1987-2011)
Lund University, Sweden .
Yuan Ze University, Taiwan .
Yuan Ze University, Taiwan .
Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, Quality Technology and Management. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
2013 (English)In: Total Quality Management and Business Excellence, ISSN 1478-3363, E-ISSN 1478-3371, Vol. 24, no 1-2, 1-18 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The purpose of this article is to create a snapshot of 25 years quality movement. The creation process of the snapshot, as well as the result of the study, aims to help in diagnosing the current status of quality management (QM) and further contribute in understanding and shaping its future direction. For this purpose, all published articles during the last 25 years period (1987-2011) under the subject of Total Quality Management (TQM), Business Excellence (BE), quality tools, techniques as well as core values/principles have been collected through the ABI/INFORM complete periodical database. The collected data were analysed and reflected in order to show the current status, evolution trends of the past, and the predicted future directions. The results show that the total number of articles under the subject of TQM has been decreasing after having reached its peak in 1995. However, papers focusing on techniques and tools within the QM framework in terms of Lean, Just-in-Time/Toyota Production System, Benchmarking, and Six-Sigma Quality have been increasing. In addition, papers focusing on core values/key principles needed to build a quality culture in terms of leadership, people-based management, continuous improvements, management based on facts, and focus on the customer have been slightly increasing during the last decade. The findings indicate that QM is now at a more mature stage where focuses have shifted from being initially on TQM to tools, techniques, and core values which are needed for building a quality and BE culture. Based on its evolution, it is concluded that TQM can be understood as a management innovation, if not a management revolution.

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Taylor and Francis (Routledge): SSH Titles , 2013. Vol. 24, no 1-2, 1-18 p.
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quality movement, Business Excellence, Total Quality Management, quality tools and techniques, Lean, Six Sigma, quality culture, future trend
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Engineering and Technology
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-102990DOI: 10.1080/14783363.2012.756749ISI: 000327929600001OAI: diva2:685225
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