Critical success factors for sustainable improvement in technical education excellence

Anil R. Sahu (Department of Mechanical Engineering, B.D. College of Engineering, Wardha, India)
Rashmi R. Shrivastava (Department of Applied Chemistry, G.H. Raisoni College of Engineering, Nagpur, India)
R.L. Shrivastava (Department of Mechanical and Production Engineering, Yeshwantrao Chavan College of Engineering, Nagpur, India)

The TQM Journal

ISSN: 1754-2731

Publication date: 4 January 2013



The purpose of this paper is to identify critical factors of total quality management (TQM), for use in a possible framework that addresses sustainable quality improvements in technical institutes as a plausible means of TQM implementation in higher education programs.


The literature survey of the TQM and related quality methodologies and content analysis of TQM literature in technical institutes provide the theoretical and practical background for this work. The content analysis was carried out following the standard principles of deductive reasoning and subsequently, relevant factors were identified for implementations.


Unlike the scenario in industry, TQM philosophies have to be adopted differently for a successful implementation in technical institutes. The identified critical factors of TQM and related quality improvement methodologies provide a comprehensive guideline for an effective and efficient implementation of TQM in technical institutes.


This paper identifies the critical factors of quality improvement initiatives that are most comprehensive and have potential to address the quality issues of technical institutes. The critical factors identified in this study, offer a practical guidance for academics to implement TQM in technical institutes and can form the basis for delineating a mathematical model for these institutes.



Sahu, A., Shrivastava, R. and Shrivastava, R. (2013), "Critical success factors for sustainable improvement in technical education excellence", The TQM Journal, Vol. 25 No. 1, pp. 62-74.

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