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The 1980s have seen the emergence of a new perception of productivity and its relationship to quality, cost and profitability. Supported by the startling success of the Japanese and other East Asian nations, the traditional notion that superior quality and high productivity and profitability are...
In the economic design of control charts the two extreme approaches used are that the design parameters are i fixed once determined, and ii change from sample to sample. Administrative convenience favours the first approach in practice, although research work indicates, for instance, that...
Decision making in respect of hazard and safety analysis in the face of uncertain data in the management of widespread distribution systems is focused on. The narrow interpretation by Courts of the foreseeable event has become the benchmark of liability where power system failures have resulted...
The UK manufacturing industry may want quality systems based on BS 5750, but often for the wrong reasons. Quality managers are usually interested in implementing BS 5750 but need the interest and assistance of other managers in order to make it work effectively. Managers and employees other than...
One of the main difficulties with the Quality Circle QC technique is that, to the uninitiated, it appears attractively simple in concept. This attraction has been enhanced by the many claims made for it in the management literature. Such claims though, are often based on experiential rather than...
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