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TQM, games design and the implications of integration in Industry 4.0 systems

Alison Beard-Gunter (Business School, University of Buckingham, Buckingham, UK)
David Geraint Ellis (Business School, University of Buckingham, Buckingham, UK)
Pauline Anne Found (Business School, University of Buckingham, Buckingham, UK)

International Journal of Quality and Service Sciences

ISSN: 1756-669X

Article publication date: 28 January 2019

Issue publication date: 11 June 2019

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Abstract

Purpose

Voluntary participation, feedback loops, rules and goals are key elements of total quality management (TQM). The purpose of this paper is to determine if these four elements which make TQM successful are the same elements that make computer games successful. If this is the case, what are the implications for developers of Human Computer Interfaces (HCI) in Industry 4.0.

Design/methodology/approach

This paper is a systematic literature review of recent literature on engagement in games and user experiences and HCI design for industry followed by interpretation of the literature. The findings from the literature review are analysed and compared to TQM.

Findings

Good game design and TQM share four key components: goals, rules, a feedback system (including rewards) and voluntary participation. There is an opportunity for HCI developers to use a user experience lens inherent in games evolution and to expand on the design and motivational elements that have made games and TQM successful at motivating and engaging. Kuutti’s (1995) proposal of activity theory puts forward a promising framework for making systems engaging. There are positive implications merging good games design and TQM in socio-technic systems which could improve engagement and quality in companies implementing in Industy 4.0.

Research limitations/implications

The implications of achieving increased engagement in HCI systems similar to those seen in companies that have successfully implemented TQM could lead to greater productivity in companies operating in the highly technical environments of Industry 4.0.

Originality/value

The originality of this paper is threefold: first, a description of the origins in industry of voluntary participation, feedback loops, rules and goals and their relationship to TQM; second, a systematic literature review of the same elements in computer games design; and third, the implications for developers of HCI systems in Industry 4.0.

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Acknowledgements

The authors would like to thank and acknowledge the contribution of Chris Dando, Doctoral researcher, Buckingham University 2018.

Citation

Beard-Gunter, A., Ellis, D.G. and Found, P.A. (2019), "TQM, games design and the implications of integration in Industry 4.0 systems", International Journal of Quality and Service Sciences, Vol. 11 No. 2, pp. 235-247. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJQSS-09-2018-0084

Publisher

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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