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Empowerment, the Cornerstone of Quality: Empowering Management in Innovative Organizations in the 1990s

Management Decision

ISSN: 0025-1747

Article publication date: 1 April 1992

Abstract

Quality empowering management is to the future of renewed worldwide competitiveness what quality control, participative management programmes and zero defects were to quality improvement. Empowerment holds that promoting employee involvement empowers workers to perform as whole, thinking human beings. Empowerment is the glue by which the elements of customer focus, quality process and products, continuous improvements, self‐managing teams, quality measurement, and utilization of the total workforce abilities are held together. Self‐managing teams are one of the major keys in the innovative organization to solving complex problems, increasing productivity, and heightening creativity. For most organizations and managers, quality empowering management is a new responsibility and a radical change in style of management and change in culture requiring new methods and systems.

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Ripley, R.E. and Ripley, M.J. (1992), "Empowerment, the Cornerstone of Quality: Empowering Management in Innovative Organizations in the 1990s", Management Decision, Vol. 30 No. 4. https://doi.org/10.1108/00251749210014743

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