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This paper relates the main findings of a literature review of integrated management systems (IMS). In general, integration has been discussed in the literature dealing with quality, environmental, and health and safety management. The need for an IMS has arisen as a result of the decisions of...
In Denmark two different quality awards exist: the Danish Quality Award and the Quality Award for the Public Sector. In this paper we present the average results obtained by public and private applicants to the two existing Danish quality awards. Results are compared between sectors and are also...
A comprehensive survey was conducted with a view to identifying the benefits derived by ISO 9000 certified companies in Hong Kong. It is generally agreed that the certification helps the companies to improve quality in terms of work procedures, product and service quality, team spirit,...
This paper is part of a series addressing the topic of business excellence from a practical, evidence‐based approach. One of the critical aspects of being successful in a modern business context is having clear vision, a balanced journey for the future based on a market‐oriented approach and...
An Australia‐wide study of continuous improvement (CI) in manufacturing was initiated in 1996/97 by conducting a benchmarking survey examining the CI activities of medium to large manufacturing firms. While most larger firms have an awareness of CI and many are actively implementing CI...
Since they were introduced internationally in 1987, ISO 9000 standards have been criticized for their lack of flexibility, emphasis on bureaucracy and paperwork, deficiency in quality improvement, usefulness of application in small businesses and service organizations, confusing terminology and...
Quality in Greece, as a key attribute of excellence, has deep roots and a long history. As such it helped create the Greco‐Roman civilization, which revived during the Renaissance and formed the foundation of modern civilization in the West. After an extended period of foreign occupation,...
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