An empirical study of the ISO 9000 standards’ contribution towards total quality management

Katerina D. Gotzamani (University of Macedonia, Thessaloniki, Greece)
George D. Tsiotras (University of Macedonia, Thessaloniki, Greece)

International Journal of Operations & Production Management

ISSN: 0144-3577

Publication date: 1 October 2001


This paper presents the results of an empirical study on the contribution of ISO 9000 standards towards total quality management (TQM). The paper is a continuation of the authors’ research on the ISO 9000 standards effectiveness and capability as an entry key to TQM. The literature review of the above issue revealed the need for a formal empirical study to resolve the existing debate about the standards’ long‐term contribution and true value to ISO 9000‐certified companies. For the purposes of this study, a TQM measurement instrument was developed and tested for its reliability and validity to measure TQM performance improvement in certified companies in Greek industry. This performance improvement was then used to test the basic research hypothesis: “Can ISO 9000 standards provide a good first step towards TQM?”. The results of the study are presented in eight basic TQM categories, showing the certified companies’ performance improvement in the basic elements of each category, and revealing their strengths and weaknesses on their way to TQM.



Gotzamani, K. and Tsiotras, G. (2001), "An empirical study of the ISO 9000 standards’ contribution towards total quality management", International Journal of Operations & Production Management, Vol. 21 No. 10, pp. 1326-1342.

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