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Comparing total quality management success factors in UK manufacturing and service industries: some key findings from a survey

Comparing total quality management success factors in UK manufacturing and service industries:... Total Quality Management is an integrative managemetn philosophy aimed at continuously improving the performance of products, processes and services to achieve and surpass customer expectations. Very little has been published on the fundamental difference between manufacturing and service industries with regard to TQM implementation. The purpose of this study is to understand the concept of TQM in both industry sectors and to identify the significant differences (if any) in TQM practices in UK service and manufacturing organizations. The research is based on a pilot survey conducted in both industrial sectors. It was found that five out the eleven management factors are significantly different between manufacturing and service industries. They are top management commitment and recognition, supplier partnership or supplier management, quality systems and policies, communication in company and cultural change. It was also found that "customer focus' is the most important factor and "supplier partnership/supplier management" is the least important factor for TQM practice in both manufacturing and service industries in the UK. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Advances in Management Research Emerald Publishing

Comparing total quality management success factors in UK manufacturing and service industries: some key findings from a survey

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
Copyright
Copyright © 2004 Emerald Group Publishing Limited. All rights reserved.
ISSN
0972-7981
DOI
10.1108/97279810480000363
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Abstract

Total Quality Management is an integrative managemetn philosophy aimed at continuously improving the performance of products, processes and services to achieve and surpass customer expectations. Very little has been published on the fundamental difference between manufacturing and service industries with regard to TQM implementation. The purpose of this study is to understand the concept of TQM in both industry sectors and to identify the significant differences (if any) in TQM practices in UK service and manufacturing organizations. The research is based on a pilot survey conducted in both industrial sectors. It was found that five out the eleven management factors are significantly different between manufacturing and service industries. They are top management commitment and recognition, supplier partnership or supplier management, quality systems and policies, communication in company and cultural change. It was also found that "customer focus' is the most important factor and "supplier partnership/supplier management" is the least important factor for TQM practice in both manufacturing and service industries in the UK.

Journal

Journal of Advances in Management ResearchEmerald Publishing

Published: Jan 1, 2004

Keywords: Critical Success Factors (CSFs); Quality; Spillovers; Survey; TQM

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