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William Edwards Deming: the man

David S. Greisler (Administrator, Cardiovascular Services, York Health System, York, Pennsylvania, USA and Senior Academic Fellow, The Mount Vernon Institute for Creative Leadership)

Journal of Management History (Archive)

ISSN: 1355-252X

Article publication date: 1 December 1999


W. Edwards Deming was revered as a technical genius in the areas of mathematics, statistics, and statistical variation. Though largely known for his professional achievements, the core of Deming was his quality of character. He was raised by his parents under austere conditions in the heartland of the USA. The values ingrained in him by his parents included spiritual beliefs, a love of learning, devotion to family, commit‐ment to friends, and a strong work ethic. With an intense loyalty and love for his wife and children, he balanced his life so that family remained a priority. An accomplished writer of music, a grammarian, and a person with spiritual interests, Deming was much more than a public figure recognized as an icon of the “quality” movement.



Greisler, D.S. (1999), "William Edwards Deming: the man", Journal of Management History (Archive), Vol. 5 No. 8, pp. 434-453.




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