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April 26th, 2010

The basics of Total Quality Management

Analysis writer Christina Pomoni looks at how the strategy of Total Quality Management can help organizations change the way they do business for the better.

In the competitive market environment of today, organizations need to find ways to become socially responsible and to assimilate internal and external factors in their strategic management in order to deliver the highest product or service quality to their customers.

Modern organizations strive for distinguished quality of leadership, management, employees, work processes, product and service, so that their products not only meet customer needs, but they are also offered in an incessantly improving, appropriate, cost-effective, pioneering, and productive manner.

One major component of strategic management is Total Quality Management (TQM). TQM originated in Japan in the 50s by Americans W. Edward Deming and J. M. Juran, but became popular in many countries during the 80s. Being a structured approach which aims to boost customer satisfaction and loyalty through continuous and innovative improvement of quality, TQM is a buzzword analyzed as follows:

  • Total: quality is address to any organizational member of activity
  • Quality: characteristics of a product or a service that satisfy customer requirements
  • Management: quality can be managed

TQM views quality as the main tool to boost productivity and lower scrap and warranty costs. As the output increases both quantitatively and qualitatively, customer response and organizational reputation increase at a double pace because customer needs are met effectively. Within this context, quality is the main driver for corporate success through incessant learning and advancement.

TQM focuses on meeting customer requirements, while reducing development cycle times and product/service costs. Aiming to achieve long-term customer satisfaction, TQM necessitates the equal participation of all organizational members in the effort for continuous improvement in organizational culture, attitude and operations.

Successful TQM implementation necessitates organizational change. This involves primarily education of all organizational members in order to pursue new strategic thinking and be able to identify the customer target groups and the required production outputs. Setting true customer requirements serves as the basis for pursuing a continuous improvement strategy. In addition, the ability to identify market opportunities that would improve the positioning of the organization with the use of value adding activities is important in the process of delivering the highest value for the customer at the lowest cost. In doing so, the organization focuses on prevention and not on correction, reducing the chronic waste and variations in product/service quality. The use of Standard Operations Procedures (S.O.Ps) and structured methodology to describe a process improvement facilitates the elimination of wasteful steps. Finally, the leaders of the organization must involve all organizational members in the strategic decision-making in order to boost employee motivation and adopt a new organizational culture which would inspire the will for innovative act in a climate of trust and respect.


About the Author

Christina Pomoni

Christina Pomoni has acquired her MBA Finance from the American College of Greece with High Distinction (3.98/4.00). Her advanced familiarity with financial statement analysis, capital budgeting and market research has been acquired through her professional career at high-esteemed organizations.

 

As part of her long journey, Christina has served as an Equity Research Associate at Telesis Securities (EFG Eurobank) and a Financial & Investment Advisor at ING Group. Besides, having lived at Chicago, IL, Boca Raton, FL and Paris, France has helped her, not only to be a successful professional, but mostly to see life under a more creative and innovative perspective.

Since 2005, Christina provides high quality writing services to Helium.com where she is also appointed as a Channel Steward of Economic Values. Besides, she contributes her knowledge and expertise to several websites and research companies. Her areas of specialization are Business, Finance & Investment, Society, Politics & Culture. She also has a very good knowledge of Entertainment, Health & Fitness and Computers & Technology.

Christina recently launched her own online writing company (http://analysiswriting.com). Believing that knowledge is the road to opportunity and development, her mission is to promote her already established knowledge to a growing number of visitors and to offer high quality writing services to meet the most demanding customer requirements. 

Christina can be found at:

 

http://www.helium.com/users/279681
http://christinapomoni.wordpress.com/
http://christinapomonibusiness.blogspot.com
http://christinapomonifinance.blogspot.com

 

 






 
 

 

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