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The TQM Albatross

Clive E. Hoare (Principal of Clive Hoare Associates, a Total Quality Management Consultancy based in Bristol, UK.)

Training for Quality

ISSN: 0968-4875

Article publication date: 1 August 1994


Warns that in TQM, there is a danger of losing sight of the original motives that prompted the endeavour in the first place. The TQM initiative can become the end, rather than the means to the end, and the participants’ lives made miserable. Explores some human aspects behind TQM failures. Aims at two categories, the person who is about to start a TQM initiative and the one who has witnessed a failed initiative. Questions the motives for starting a TQM programme.



Hoare, C.E. (1994), "The TQM Albatross", Training for Quality, Vol. 2 No. 2, pp. 4-6.




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