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Does ISO 9000 certification improve business performance?

Clare Chow‐Chua (NUS Business School, National University of Singapore, Singapore)
Mark Goh (NUS Business School, National University of Singapore, Singapore)
Tan Boon Wan (NUS Business School, National University of Singapore, Singapore)

International Journal of Quality & Reliability Management

ISSN: 0265-671X

Article publication date: 1 November 2003

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This paper examines the issue of ISO 9000 certification and its perceived benefits for Singapore based companies. Using an empirical approach, the paper seeks to ascertain if certification has indeed improved the performance for listed and non‐listed companies. The results from a survey of 146 firms suggest that while certification leads to better overall financial performance, non‐listed certified firms experience better documentation procedures, higher perceived quality of products or services, and more effective communication among employees than listed certified firms. Some problems encountered in certification include the failures to establish adequate monitoring programs, to follow set procedures and to carry out appropriate management reviews of the new system as well as unclear authorisation.

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Chow‐Chua, C., Goh, M. and Boon Wan, T. (2003), "Does ISO 9000 certification improve business performance?", International Journal of Quality & Reliability Management, Vol. 20 No. 8, pp. 936-953. https://doi.org/10.1108/02656710310493643

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