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Implementing statistical process control: an organizational perspective

Mattias Elg (Division of Quality Technology and Management, University of Linköping, Linköping, Sweden)
Jesper Olsson (The Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions, Stockholm, Sweden)
Jens Jörn Dahlgaard (Division of Quality Technology and Management, University of Linköping, Linköping, Sweden)

International Journal of Quality & Reliability Management

ISSN: 0265-671X

Article publication date: 27 June 2008

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to contribute to the understanding of how statistical process control (SPC) methodology can be implemented and used in organizational settings.

Design/methodology/approach

An action research model was used. Data were collected through formal meeting protocols, interviews and participant observation.

Findings

Based on the results of an action research project, the paper emphasizes the need for: top management support with respect to roles such as infrastructural assistance, mentor, critic, financer; creating system validity through the involvement of people with experiential knowledge about the “world” in which SPC should be applied; keeping a small, highly knowledgeable development team with appropriate expertise together during the whole process from beginning to end; keeping the various end‐users in focus but separate and prioritising between their different needs; and working with iterative design methodology.

Research limitations/implications

The paper provides the research field with a unique case of implementing SPC using a computerized administrative data system.

Practical implications

Organizations are given guidelines to use when implementing SPC.

Originality/value

The paper contributes knowledge in an underdeveloped field of research. It may provide a basis for further research and scholarly analysis.

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Citation

Elg, M., Olsson, J. and Jörn Dahlgaard, J. (2008), "Implementing statistical process control: an organizational perspective", International Journal of Quality & Reliability Management, Vol. 25 No. 6, pp. 545-560. https://doi.org/10.1108/02656710810881872

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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