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Quality management vision of future early career operations managers

Alireza Shokri (Faculty of Business and Law, Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK)
Farhad Nabhani (School of Science and Engineering, Teesside University, Middlesbrough, UK)

International Journal of Quality & Reliability Management

ISSN: 0265-671X

Article publication date: 6 February 2019

Issue publication date: 21 February 2019




The purpose of this paper is to investigate the gap between the current vision and knowledge of future early career operations managers (OM) and a common strategic total quality management (TQM) framework.


A survey questionnaire and a non-parametric test for different groups of participants were adopted to identify the gap and analyse the significance of these groups on the factors in the TQM framework.


A new set of TQM factors with the necessity of more knowledge and understanding of future generation were identified, followed by the identification of clear differences amongst different groups of this generation.

Practical implications

A sustainable OM practice needs managers and leaders with a sustainable knowledge development of quality management (QM); and as the result of this study, the current vision of future young OM would not echo this.


This study has a systematic, non-parametric approach towards currently fragmented QM analysis, and is integrated with human resource and visionary elements of future young OM and universal QM models and theories.



Shokri, A. and Nabhani, F. (2019), "Quality management vision of future early career operations managers", International Journal of Quality & Reliability Management, Vol. 36 No. 2, pp. 162-185.



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