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Observed difficulties during implementation of quality management systems in Brazilian manufacturing companies

Rosley Anholon (Department of Manufacturing Engineering and Materials, Universidade Estadual de Campinas, Campinas, Brazil)
Izabela Simon Rampasso (Department of Manufacturing Engineering and Materials, Universidade Estadual de Campinas, Campinas, Brazil)
Robert Eduardo Cooper Ordonez (Department of Manufacturing Engineering and Materials, Universidade Estadual de Campinas, Campinas, Brazil)
Dirceu da Silva (Faculty of Education, Universidade Estadual de Campinas, Campinas, Brazil)
Osvaldo Luiz Gonçalves Quelhas (Laboratory of Technology, Business and Environment Management, Universidade Federal Fluminense, Niteroi, Brazil)
Walter Leal Filho (Faculty of Life Sciences, Hamburg University of Applied Sciences, Hamburg, Germany)

Journal of Manufacturing Technology Management

ISSN: 1741-038X

Article publication date: 11 December 2017

Issue publication date: 2 January 2018

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to analyze the difficulties observed during implementation of quality management systems (QMSs) in Brazilian manufacturing companies.

Design/methodology/approach

The methodological strategy used was a literature review, a panel of experts and a survey. Through the literature review, 15 difficulties associated with the implementation of QMS were raised; these were organized into latent variables by specialists in the subject and served as the basis for a survey. In total, 123 professionals working with quality management in manufacturing companies participated in the research and the data collected were analyzed by means of second-order confirmatory factorial analysis.

Findings

The results allowed the validation of the 15 difficulties observed in the literature, and it was evidenced that these difficulties are structured in four latent variables as follows: difficulties associated with employees; difficulties associated with QMS structuration; difficulties associated with integration; and difficulties resulting from the planning.

Research limitations/implications

The main limitation of this research is the sample size, because 123 professionals that work with quality management in manufacturing companies participated in the research. It should be noted, however, that all parameters evaluated through the second-order confirmatory factorial analysis were validated.

Practical implications

The findings have great value for both quality management professionals, who may use those findings to guide the pre-implementation phase of a QMS, and researchers, who may use those findings as a foundation for future studies, in the development of models or tools related to QMS implementation.

Originality/value

No other paper was found on the scientific basis with the same focus for Brazilian manufacturing companies, thus demonstrating originality. The value of the research lies in the fact that the results presented here, statistically validated, may be used by other researchers and market professionals.

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Citation

Anholon, R., Simon Rampasso, I., Cooper Ordonez, R.E., Silva, D.d., Quelhas, O.L.G. and Leal Filho, W. (2018), "Observed difficulties during implementation of quality management systems in Brazilian manufacturing companies", Journal of Manufacturing Technology Management, Vol. 29 No. 1, pp. 149-167. https://doi.org/10.1108/JMTM-12-2016-0167

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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