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The treatment of quality in US production and operations management textbooks: A reassessment and extension ten years after

Arthur L. Rutledge (Stetson School of Business and Economics, Mercer University, Atlanta, Georgia, USA)
Kenneth R. Tillery (Jennings A. Jones College of Business, Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, Tennessee, USA)
Bryan Kethley (Jennings A. Jones College of Business, Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, Tennessee, USA)
Kiran J. Desai (CMP, LLC, Murfreesboro, Tennessee, USA)

International Journal of Quality & Reliability Management

ISSN: 0265-671X

Article publication date: 1 June 2004

Abstract

In the decade since Tillery, Rutledge and Inman reviewed the treatment of quality management in leading US production and operations management (P/OM) textbooks, attention to quality, once the watchword and driving force in world business, has faded in both the practitioner and popular press. The ultimate purpose of the present research was to establish the progress, current status, and relevancy of the treatment of quality in current US P/OM textbooks, which remain the principal source of quality information in the undergraduate P/OM core course, preparing most future US managers as well as many international managers of tomorrow. Results of the present study indicate that over the last decade US P/OM textbooks have begun to reflect a more proactive and less reactive approach to quality management. However, results also indicate that current US P/OM textbooks lack relevancy of their quality content to practitioner needs, treat TQM and other holistic approaches to quality management superficially, and have little consistency concerning quality emphases.

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Rutledge, A.L., Tillery, K.R., Kethley, B. and Desai, K.J. (2004), "The treatment of quality in US production and operations management textbooks: A reassessment and extension ten years after", International Journal of Quality & Reliability Management, Vol. 21 No. 5, pp. 479-496. https://doi.org/10.1108/02656710410536536

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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