Total Quality Management and Business Excellence (TOTAL QUAL MANAG BUS )

Publisher: European Society for Organisational Excellence

Description

Total Quality Management and Business Excellence is an international journal which sets out to stimulate thought and research in all aspects of total quality management and to provide a natural forum for discussion and dissemination of research results. The journal is designed to encourage interest in all matters relating to total quality management and is intended to appeal to both the academic and professional community working in this area. Total Quality Management and Business Excellence is the culture of an organization committed to customer satisfaction through continuous improvement. This culture varies both from one country to another and between different industries, but has certain essential principles which can be implemented to secure greater market share, increased profits and reduced costs. The journal provides up-to-date research, consultancy work and case studies right across the whole field including quality culture, quality strategy, quality systems, tools and techniques of total quality management and the implementation in both the manufacturing and service sectors. No topics relating to total quality management are excluded from consideration in order to develop business excellence.

  • Impact factor
    0.59
  • 5-year impact
    0.92
  • Cited half-life
    8.50
  • Immediacy index
    0.14
  • Eigenfactor
    0.00
  • Article influence
    0.16
  • Website
    Total Quality Management and Business Excellence website
  • Other titles
    Total quality management & business excellence (Online), Total quality management and business excellence
  • ISSN
    1478-3363
  • OCLC
    57660029
  • Material type
    Document, Periodical, Internet resource
  • Document type
    Internet Resource, Computer File, Journal / Magazine / Newspaper

Publications in this journal

  • Total Quality Management and Business Excellence 02/2015; 26.
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    ABSTRACT: Capability and usability are two important dimensions of product quality. A product loaded with more features increases its capability and attractiveness. However, too many features will decrease the product's usability. After using the high-feature product, customers may become dissatisfied with unneeded features and the complexity of the product. This phenomenon is called ‘feature fatigue’ (FF). FF leads to dissatisfaction and negative Word-of-Mouth, which damages the reputation of the product and the firm's long-term profit. In this paper, we propose a novel approach based on Kano's model to alleviate FF. We firstly focus on working out real customer requirements (CRs) by using an improved Kano's model, which takes the imprecision and uncertainty of CRs into account, to reduce unneeded features. Then, a product capability (PC) model, a product usability model and a FF index are proposed to analyse the level of FF of each feature, thus helping designers balance PC and usability. With the proposed approach, designers can get support regarding decisions on how many and what features to add to the product to alleviate FF, thus improving product quality. A case study about mobile phones is presented to illustrate the proposed approach.
    Total Quality Management and Business Excellence 02/2015; 26.
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    ABSTRACT: This study uses a conceptual model that integrates three research streams – knowledge creation and sharing, social capital, and online communities – to explore how social capital facilitates the creation and sharing of knowledge in online communities. It incorporates data from three well-known multinational firms, namely, Adobe, Dell, and Starbucks (software applications, computer and IT peripherals, and a coffee franchiser in a service industry, respectively). Our results show (1) why and how knowledge is created and shared, cultivated in online communities and then adopted by firms; (2) that social capital positively facilitates the creation and sharing of knowledge in online communities; and (3) that the process of creating and sharing knowledge nourishes the following outcomes which benefit the firm: it accelerates the development of new products, enhances relationships with partners, raises the level of environment and community involvement, creates customer acknowledgement, and intensifies product and service innovation.
    Total Quality Management and Business Excellence 02/2015; 26.
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    ABSTRACT: Quality management (QM) has been popular and widely used in Taiwan since the 1960s. However, it has been found that a review of its development is lacking. Hence, this paper aims to examine the history and the evolution of QM in Taiwan, and to take a step further to look for cues for shaping its future development. The research purpose of this paper is more specifically to review the development of QM during the period from 1970 to 2012. Quality Magazine, the most popular reading material on QM in Taiwan, has been selected as the search database. The overall review result shows that the development of QM in Taiwan has three developmental phases: (1) the quality technologies and tools focus period (1970–1985); (2) the QM system integration period (1986–2000) and (3) the quality in service industry development period (2001–2012). In light of the overall as well as the detailed review results, senior quality experts were invited for consultation, discussion and prediction of the needs and the future development of QM in Taiwan.
    Total Quality Management and Business Excellence 02/2015; 26.
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    ABSTRACT: The purpose of this paper is to investigate the motivations that affect middle management employees' knowledge-sharing intentions in the context of total quality management (TQM) implementations of Taiwan's information technology (IT) industry. A research model was developed based on TQM implementations and the theory of reasoned action. Survey samples were collected from 395 middle management employees in 50 Taiwanese ISO 9001:2000-certified firms in the IT industry, providing support for the proposed model. LISREL was applied to analyse the measurement and structural models. The analytical results showed that anticipated reciprocal relationships, perceived ethics and self-efficacy have significant direct effects on attitudes towards knowledge sharing and that subjective norms are significantly associated with knowledge-sharing intentions in the context of TQM implementations. However, subjective norms alone do not significantly influence attitudes towards knowledge sharing. Because this study only considered knowledge-sharing intention with regard to TQM implementation, whether these analytical results can be generalised to other research fields is unclear. We expect that future research can replicate this model. The contribution of the present study is the establishment of a model capable of lending an understanding to knowledge-sharing intention relationships for TQM implementation in the Taiwanese IT industry. This study also presents valuable recommendations for TQM literature and practice.
    Total Quality Management and Business Excellence 02/2015; 26.
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    ABSTRACT: The Hoshin Kanri (HK) planning process is widely used in Japanese and Western companies for strategy planning and performance measurement in the manufacturing sector. Human resource management (HRM) plays an important role in business operations; HRM practices have a significant positive effect on implementing total quality management and on employee and customer satisfaction. However, HRM has always been considered reactive, uncoordinated, and unprofessional, delivering poor, slow, and ineffective services. This study presents the envision, identify, diagnose, prioritise, execute, and review (EIDPER) model, an extension of HK. EIDPER translates strategies into achievable actions to fulfil organisational objectives. We introduce a case study to illustrate applying EIDPER to the recruitment process of the HRM department in a high-tech manufacturing firm. The approach was successfully applied in the HRM department of the case company and effectively reduced hiring costs by US$360,000 in 5 years and improved recruitment cycle time by 40%. Managerial implications are also discussed at the end of the study.
    Total Quality Management and Business Excellence 02/2015; 26.
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    ABSTRACT: Knowledge management (KM) is essential to enhancing the competitive edge of organisations. However, not all enterprises apply KM successfully; in KM research, a focus on critical success factors (CSFs) can result in a limited field since failure can still occur. It is only through looking at critical failure factors (CFFs) that a complete prevention can be achieved. In short, focusing on CFFs may be more valuable than looking at CSFs. This paper focuses on applying a failure mode and effects analysis (FMEA) to prevent KM failure. It tracks a typical FMEA approach using interviews with respected experts. This method was tested and practiced for reducing risks by 11 companies in Taiwan. The results have shown that the average risk priority number in projects dropped dramatically from 299.3 to 20.6 – an improvement rate of 93.1%. All experts in the study agree that the use of FMEA enhances KM implementation. In addition, 14 common failure modes have been noted for further prevention. Due to the limitation in interviews, the practices could not be implemented across departments and levels, leading to a biased sample.
    Total Quality Management and Business Excellence 02/2015; 26.
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    ABSTRACT: There is much research discussing the issues of core competence, core capability, business performance and corporate growth. But the lack of studies exploring their causality is an important research gap. In this research, we develop a framework of a core capabilities operation system, which systematically integrates these critical initiatives, and can be used to develop the extended model of business development. In order to conduct the empirical study, we also design a strategic map of an enterprises' long-term development model. In this model the elements of a fundamental field cultivate the core competences, and further develop the core capabilities. These core competences and capabilities are the drivers of core competitiveness, which force the long-term development and excellent business. Based on this framework, we can develop the structure equation model, and the related questionnaire for the empirical study, in order to determine the critical initiatives and the relationships among these constructs. Based on the analytic results, the causalities among these critical initiatives can be confirmed. We also discover that ‘good organisation culture’ and ‘excellent management team’ are the most important firm’ fundamentals, which support the successful implementation of core competences and core capabilities. Herewith the ‘specialised technologies’, ‘powerful IT system’ and capturing the customers' needs' are the core competences, and ‘product lifetime management’ and ‘total quality management’ are the important capabilities. Core competitiveness is composed of ‘business development strategies’, ‘leader of core products’, and ‘innovative products’, which can result in the firm's excellent business performances.
    Total Quality Management and Business Excellence 02/2015; 26.
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    ABSTRACT: Product modularity is starting to be considered an alternative strategic approach to enhancing new product development performance. However, modularity is still new. There is serious conclusive and methodological inconsistency. Experts are still calling for more solid empirical studies with objective data on the effects of product modularity on new product performance. This paper reports a real-life study of the impact of modularity on quality, productivity, cost and time of embedded software development in a small software company. The study is based on first-hand objective data from 30 projects in the company. This study reveals that a higher modular reuse rate enhances productivity and quality and reduces cost of embedded software development. However, it does not shorten the time to market. The results are explained and practical implications for R&D managers discussed based on an interview. Limitations and future research are finally explored.
    Total Quality Management and Business Excellence 08/2014;
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    ABSTRACT: This paper proposes to revise and develop new arguments in favour of the benefits of implementing quality management (QM) programmes for organizational innovation, more specifically, for administrative innovation. To achieve our purpose, we first show that quality and innovation perform a fundamental role as combined alternatives in the management of firms. Second, we analyse the factors that determine the administrative innovation gap and the repercussions of QM implementation for these relationships and for the capacity to adapt to the environment through innovation. The sample of firms was randomly selected from the Duns and Bradstreet database, which includes the 50,000 largest companies operating in Spain. To verify the different hypotheses in the model, we used structural equations modelling. The results show that the factors determining the process of innovation have repercussions for firms' capacity to adapt to their environment. They also show that a QM context facilitates this adaptation. This paper verifies that, while innovation and QM alone do not possess the qualities required to provide organizations with sustainable competitive advantages, the bundle of innovation and QM together with other resources and competences allow organizations to obtain a competitive advantage and adapt to their environment.
    Total Quality Management and Business Excellence 08/2014;
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    ABSTRACT: Communities of Innovation (COIs) is the approach yielding most value in the open innovation sector due to its strong developmental dynamics. While the literature has so far only analysed discrete facets of COIs, the general functioning of a COI is still largely unexplored. The purpose of this paper is to identify the interdependence between various functional elements of COIs and the effects of motives and cognitive success dimensions of a COI on planned activities based on the integrative-conceptual model of innovation. This study surveyed member groups of COIs and the structural equation modelling method for model estimates. The results showed the heterogeneous nature of motives among different groups derived from success dimensions and planned activities; solutions to the problem of critical mass for developers and facilitators; and expectations of solution quality and innovation diffusion. The findings implied that the successful establishment of group-related basic collectives is required to avoid premature abandonment of COIs. The integrative analysis of the present paper is the first-time approach of this kind providing evidence of a high level of interdependence between functional elements in different groups in COI.
    Total Quality Management and Business Excellence 08/2014; 25.
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    ABSTRACT: Sustainability is emerging as an important approach that manufacturing companies employ to improve their economic profitability and competitive advantage by enhancing environmental performance. Consistent with the contemporary aspects of ecological responsibility, specific forms of coordination such as internal cross-functional coordination in a firm and external supply chain coordination mechanisms mediate the relationship between an environmental sustainability orientation and environmental performance. Despite the importance of coordination, empirical studies investigating the mediating roles of this coordination are relatively scarce. Our theoretical model therefore examines the mediating effects of coordination. The results show that the relationship between an environmental sustainability orientation and environmental performance is mediated by green manufacturing coordination and green supply chain coordination.
    Total Quality Management and Business Excellence 08/2014; 25.
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    ABSTRACT: This paper develops a framework for assessing national standards capability. The framework draws on total quality management (TQM) models as its theoretical basis and was developed through an expert group panel, interviews, and focus group workshops. To verify the framework, pilot implementation was conducted in four countries. The results show that the proposed framework is useful for measuring the strengths and weaknesses of overall capability per pillar and category in a national standards system. The paper contributes to the expansion of the TQM model in assessing national level capability by more effective evaluation and systematic development of national standards systems for developing countries.
    Total Quality Management and Business Excellence 08/2014; 25.
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    ABSTRACT: Although the use of robust design within product development (PD) has a large potential, its practical application in industry has been limited. Learning from an earlier less-successful trial, the Volvo Group developed an initiative that was successful in making robust design part of development engineers' regular work. This initiative was conducted in 2006–2009 as action-research collaboration with Chalmers University of Technology, involving researchers and 22 master students. The aim of this paper is to describe and analyse this initiative. Data have been gathered through formal interviews, participation and observation in formal and informal meetings and through master theses. The initiative's design included a broader robust design concept, emphasising robust design principles, and the creation of local learning processes involving PD engineers and their supervisors. The company–university collaboration functioned as a ‘learning alliance’ on different levels. First, a learning relationship was created between individual engineers and master–students resulting in reflection-in-action and iterative mutual learning. Second, the learning alliance also included professors/researchers from Chalmers interacting with company representatives in an open learning environment, as well as reflection-in-supervision in the interaction with master–students. This interaction also supported the company in its process of creating structure and practices for organisational learning.
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    ABSTRACT: This article explores the challenges in ensuring that a continuous improvement (CI) culture is diffused throughout an organisation. It presents a model of CI maturity that has been developed following a review of literature and earlier empirical work undertaken across the UK public sector. The model is based on a set of eight organisational behaviours that can be used to gauge and guide organisational progress along three key stages of CI maturity: going through the motions, transforming and embedding. Case study evidence is presented to show the applicability of the three-stage model in assessing the evolution of CI maturity. The research re-affirms that CI is not something that organisations have or do not have, but is part of a cultural transformation journey that may be impeded along the way, with different parts of organisations experiencing different blockages. This model can also be used by organisations as a form of self-assessment and to help educate staff about CI behaviours.
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    ABSTRACT: Motivated by a gap in the literature linking compliance and innovation, this paper develops the novel concept of Compliance–Innovation (C–I). Based on a review of the literature and interviews with experienced practitioners, we characterise C–I as a transformational process to drive organisational improvements in sustainability and competitiveness. We explain how the organisational mechanism that permits identification and exploitation of knowledge for commercial purposes, i.e. Absorptive Capacity, may be enlarged through application of C–I because both external and internal contexts are appropriately and comprehensively incorporated. C–I's roots lie in the integration of quality and compliance knowledge into a central IT repository, and its potential for commercial exploitation through, for example, the Six Sigma approach is outlined – indicating its usefulness for orienting business focus, performance and innovation.
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    ABSTRACT: The literature emphasises the need to integrate innovation initiatives under the umbrella of the total quality management (TQM) philosophy. Such integration is instrumental towards achieving and sustaining a superior organisational performance. Using a sample of 229 Portuguese manufacturing organisations, factor and regression analyses procedures were used to assess the impact on organisational performance of innovation for small and large organisations in the Portuguese TQM business context. The results of this study point to the significance of the size of the organisation, and product and process innovations for organisational performance. Organisational innovation was not found to have a significant impact on organisational performance. These results might be attributed to specific ownership, which is associated with process and product innovation. Based on the results of this study, it is concluded that small organisations might want to consider directing their innovation investments towards management aspects such as processes and products. In this context, top-down organisational innovation might take more time and effort.
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    ABSTRACT: The aim of this study is to provide a literature review on continuous improvement, analysing the evolution of the field by combining quantitative and qualitative analysis. More than 1000 articles have been reviewed. The articles have been collected through the prestigious database Web of Knowledge (Thomson Scientific). The results show an increasing interest in the field of continuous improvement over the past 30 years. The most discussed topics have been ‘implementation of continuous improvement systems’ and ‘methodologies’. Other findings from the study are: the existence of regional differences in research on continuous improvement, the predominance of the case study and the survey as research methodologies, and the positioning of Total Quality Management and Business Excellence as the lead scientific publication in continuous improvement areas. The present review adds value to other studies on the same topic due to the number of items used (1090), the time period covered (1980–2011), the prestigious database used (Web of Knowledge) and the combination of different analysis (quantitative and qualitative).
    Total Quality Management and Business Excellence 08/2014; 25.