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The lead user concept developed by Eric von Hippel is perhaps the only formal method designed specifically for identifying innovators. This paper discusses the applicability of von Hippel's lead user concept in the architectural industry where technological innovations are necessary yet gravely...
Eurostat, the Statistical Office of the European Communities, describes its experiences on its long journey to quality. Its TQM project, which started some eight years back, has been a typical story of hope and frustration, success and failure. The study shows how Eurostat evolved its own way of...
Discussion of the relationship between TQM and information and communications technology (ICT) normally focuses either on technological issues, or on the role of ICT in enabling the achievement of quality goals by means of business process re‐engineering. Less attention has been paid to the...
Awards for business excellence are difficult for SMEs to achieve. This paper describes the case of a Merseyside SME that gained ISO 9000 certification in 1991 as well as a Business Excellence award from Excellence North West. Despite these achievements, the organisation soon became aware that...
This paper presents the findings of a survey on the use of the Japanese practice of 5‐S for workplace organisation in the UK. The research methodology was to review the literature, conduct a survey using a questionnaire, follow‐up the questionnaire with a series of semi‐structured interviews and...
This paper examines the relationship between ISO 9000:2000 quality standards, QS9000, ISO/TS 16949 and the Baldrige criteria for performance excellence revised in the year 2002. A comparison is made between Baldrige criteria and the various elements of ISO 9000, QS9000 and ISO/TS 16949 Standards...
This paper presents a self‐assessment tool which organizations can use to evaluate their use of CRM. Three case study examples are used to illustrate how the tool can be used. These examples are analyzed in terms of key CRM criteria to show where their relative strengths and weaknesses lie. The...
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