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Guilherme Tortorella, Ricardo Giglio, Flavio S. Fogliatto and Rapinder Sawhney

The purpose of this paper is to examine the mediating effect of learning organization dimensions on the relationship between the implementation of total quality management

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Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to examine the mediating effect of learning organization dimensions on the relationship between the implementation of total quality management practices and companies’ operational performance improvement.

Design/methodology/approach

The authors carried out a cross-sector survey with 135 Brazilian manufacturing companies that have been implementing total quality management as an organizational strategy for at least five years. Collected data were analyzed using multivariate data analysis techniques.

Findings

The findings provide guidelines for manufacturers to increase their learning capability by reinforcing the implementation of total quality management practices, whose synergistic effects may be currently neglected. Results show that an enhanced organizational learning capability can significantly impact the improvement level of operational performance through the application of total quality management practices.

Originality/value

Several authors have investigated the relationship between total quality management implementation and learning organization aspects. However, most studies examined their relationship from a narrow perspective or under specific contexts, lacking empirical validation of their concurrent effect on operational performance improvement. The study aims at bridging this gap.

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Journal of Manufacturing Technology Management, vol. 31 no. 3
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1741-038X

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Eric Sandelands

For many, quality circles have been a struggle, total quality management has been something to “get around to one day” and continuous improvement has just been another…

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For many, quality circles have been a struggle, total quality management has been something to “get around to one day” and continuous improvement has just been another expression meaning total quality management, which, of course is something that we will “get around to one day”. Worse, the acronyms used ‐ QC, TQM, CI ‐ have joined such exotic practices as JIT (Just‐in‐Time inventory), CAD‐CAM (computer‐aided development and manufacturing) and more recently BPR (business process re‐engineering) in an alphabet soup of consultant‐led packages, available to the discerning manager ‐ at a price.

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Library Review, vol. 43 no. 5
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0024-2535

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Eric Sandelands

For many, quality circles have been a struggle, total quality management has been something to “get around to one day” and continuous improvement has just been another…

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For many, quality circles have been a struggle, total quality management has been something to “get around to one day” and continuous improvement has just been another expression meaning total quality management, which, of course is something that we will “get around to one day”. Worse, the acronyms used ‐ QC, TQM, CI ‐ have joined such exotic practices as JIT (just‐in‐time inventory), CAD‐CAM (computer‐aided development and manufacturing) and more recently BPR (business process re‐engineering) in an alphabet soup of consultant‐led packages, available to the discerning manager ‐ at a price.

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International Journal of Health Care Quality Assurance, vol. 7 no. 4
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0952-6862

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Eric Sandelands

For many, quality circles have been a struggle, total quality management has been something to “get around to one day” and continuous improvement has just been another…

Abstract

For many, quality circles have been a struggle, total quality management has been something to “get around to one day” and continuous improvement has just been another expression meaning total quality management, which, of course is something that we will “get around to one day”. Worse, the acronyms used ‐ QC, TQM, CI ‐ have joined such exotic practices as JIT (just‐in‐time inventory), CAD‐CAM (computer‐aided development and manufacturing) and more recently BPR (business process re‐engineering) in an alphabet soup of consultant‐led packages, available to the discerning manager ‐ at a price.

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International Journal of Bank Marketing, vol. 12 no. 5
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0265-2323

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Eric Sandelands

Many organizations are investing much time and effort in the management of quality. A few enlightened ones even have a vision to be the best. G. Howland Blackiston…

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Many organizations are investing much time and effort in the management of quality. A few enlightened ones even have a vision to be the best. G. Howland Blackiston, the president of the Juran Institute, noted recently that, “All around the world companies are waking up to ‘quality’. Everyone is touting quality. Many are attempting it. Some organizations have gotten enviable results by using the concepts of ‘managing for quality’ dramatically to lower their costs, increase their profits and become more competitive in an increasingly competitive market. For these winners, quality has become an integral part of their business strategy”.

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Management Decision, vol. 32 no. 5
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0025-1747

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Eric Sandelands

For many, quality circles have been a struggle, total quality management has been something to “get around to one day” and continuous improvement has just been another…

Abstract

For many, quality circles have been a struggle, total quality management has been something to “get around to one day” and continuous improvement has just been another expression meaning total quality management, which, of course is something that we will “get around to one day”. Worse, the acronyms used ‐ QC, TQM, CI ‐ have joined such exotic practices as JIT (Just‐in‐Time inventory), CAD‐CAM (computer‐aided development and manufacturing) and more recently BPR (business process re‐engineering) in an alphabet soup of consultant‐led packages, available to the discerning manager ‐ at a price.

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Health Manpower Management, vol. 20 no. 4
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0955-2065

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Eric Sandelands

For many, quality circles have been a struggle, total quality management has been something to “get around to one day” and continuous improvement has just been another…

Abstract

For many, quality circles have been a struggle, total quality management has been something to “get around to one day” and continuous improvement has just been another expression meaning total quality management, which, of course is something that we will “get around to one day”. Worse, the acronyms used ‐ QC, TQM, CI ‐ have joined such exotic practices as JIT (Just‐in‐Time inventory), CAD‐CAM (computer‐aided development and manufacturing) and more recently BPR (business process re‐engineering) in an alphabet soup of consultant‐led packages, available to the discerning manager ‐ at a price.

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Library Management, vol. 15 no. 5
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0143-5124

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Sue Jackson

This article recognises that many total quality management initiatives fail and that the failures are often due to a lack of knowledge, skills and expertise, particularly…

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This article recognises that many total quality management initiatives fail and that the failures are often due to a lack of knowledge, skills and expertise, particularly in relation to the organisation’s leaders/managers. In contrast however, success is more likely if the implementation approach is well planned, executed, assessed and reviewed. There are five key steps that need to be contained within the implementation plan some of which include setting up a steering committee, agreeing the norms, values and behaviours for the organisation and determining indicators associated with success. Furthermore, a number of actions need to be effected within those five key steps. In essence it was concluded that without careful planning the programme for implementing total quality management was likely to fail resulting in an opposite effect on the quality of healthcare delivery to the one that was intended.

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International Journal of Health Care Quality Assurance, vol. 14 no. 4
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0952-6862

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Nasser Habtoor

The purpose of this paper is to explore the influence of human factors in quality management on quality improvement practices and organisational performance in the Yemeni…

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Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to explore the influence of human factors in quality management on quality improvement practices and organisational performance in the Yemeni industrial sector.

Design/methodology/approach

Data were collected via a quantitative survey with a questionnaire distributed to 261 managers from 87 industrial companies. Replies from 210 managers give a response rate of 80 per cent. Data were analysed with Statistical Package for the Social Sciences 16.0, including factor analysis, reliability analysis, descriptive statistics, and correlation analysis. Structural equation modelling was carried out using Amos to evaluate the model and hypotheses.

Findings

Human factors influence positively quality improvement practices and organisational performance. Quality improvement practices positively influence organisational performance. Human factors indirectly and significantly influence organisational performance via the mediator of quality improvement practices.

Research limitations/implications

The findings will be useful to both researchers and managers, especially those in Yemeni industrial companies. For further work, this study can be expanded to cover companies in other Middle East countries, and it may include more human factors.

Originality/value

The study is one of a few that investigate the influence of human factors on quality management. Additionally, this study is the first to carry out such research in the Yemen and the Middle East region.

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International Journal of Productivity and Performance Management, vol. 65 no. 4
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1741-0401

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Eric Sandelands

Total quality management does improve organizational performance and remains the most viable long‐term business strategy around. These were the findings of arecent report…

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Total quality management does improve organizational performance and remains the most viable long‐term business strategy around. These were the findings of a recent report entitled “TQM: Forging a Need or Falling Behind?”, commissioned by Development Dimensions International of Pittsburgh, the Quality & Productivity Management Association of Schaumburg, Illinois, and Industry Week, which were based on interviews with 6,500 people in 84 organizations. However, on considering the various elements which help or hinder TQM implementation, training emerged as the one successful theme in successful programmes.

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Journal of European Industrial Training, vol. 18 no. 7
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0309-0590

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