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Does interaction between TQM practices and knowledge management processes enhance the innovation performance?

Maha Mohammed Yusr (School of Business, University Utara Malaysia, Sintok, Malaysia)
Sany Sanuri Mohd Mokhtar (School of Business, University Utara Malaysia, Sintok, Malaysia)
Abdul Rahim Othman (School of Business, University Utara Malaysia, Sintok, Malaysia)
Yaty Sulaiman (School of Business, University Utara Malaysia, Sintok, Malaysia)

International Journal of Quality & Reliability Management

ISSN: 0265-671X

Article publication date: 7 August 2017

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to investigate the effect of applying total quality management (TQM) on enhancing knowledge management processes. It also examine the relationship between knowledge management and innovation performance in the Malaysian manufacturing sector.

Design/methodology/approach

This study used a survey method to test the formulated hypotheses. Therefore, the adopted questionnaire was used as an instrument to collect the needed data. The population of the study consisted of 800 big and medium manufacturing companies listed in Federation of Malaysian Manufacturers (2012).

Findings

The results of this paper support a positive and significant impact of TQM practice on knowledge management processes. Furthermore, the relationship between knowledge management and innovation performance has been a proved. However, further analysis on dimension level indicates that knowledge acquisition failed to show significant relationship with innovation performance.

Originality/value

This study addresses one of the recent issues within the Malaysian context of becoming a developed nation, which is innovation performance, specifically for manufacturing companies. To do so, the overlapping relationships among TQM practices, knowledge management, and innovation performance have been tested.

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Citation

Yusr, M.M., Mokhtar, S.S.M., Othman, A.R. and Sulaiman, Y. (2017), "Does interaction between TQM practices and knowledge management processes enhance the innovation performance?", International Journal of Quality & Reliability Management, Vol. 34 No. 7, pp. 955-974. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJQRM-09-2014-0138

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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