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Authors:Bengt Klefsjö: Division of Quality and Environmental Management, Luleå University of Technology, Sweden
Bjarne Bergquist: Division of Quality and Environmental Management, Luleå University of Technology, Sweden
Rickard Garvare: Division of Quality and Environmental Management, Luleå University of Technology, Sweden
Publication title:Quality Management and Business Excellence, Customers and Stakeholders: Do we Agree on What We are Talking About, and Does it Matter?
Conference:10th QMOD Conference. Quality Management and Organiqatinal Development. Our Dreams of Excellence, 18-20 June, 2007 in Helsingborg, Sweden
Publication type: Full text not available
Issue:026
Article No.:092
Abstract:For some decades Total Quality Management (TQM) has been used in large parts of the world to improve competitiveness, efficiency and profitability. Originally, TQM was used in the private business sector, but later it has also been applied in the public sector (Bergquist et al., 2005; Svensson & Klefsjö, 2006), and even on a societal level (Bergvall-K&arint;reborn et al., 2007).

However, the stated promises of success have far from always been obtained, although, e.g., quality award recipients on the average tend to show better financial results than other comparable companies (Hendicks & Singhal, 1997; Hansson& Eriksson, 2002; Boulter et al., 2006) For different reasons, problems have also been identified when the TQM concept has been transferred to the public sector (Zbaracki, 1998). These and other things have initiated a healthy discussion of the TQM concept and whether TQM is a fit, fashion or fad (van der Wiele et al., 2000).

We can see a number of tendencies within the area of Quality Management as well as some reasons for this development. New concepts “competing” with TQM about the managers’ interest are offered, the focus on customers are widened to include stakeholders, Quality Management seems to be widened towards Business Management, and Business Excellence is a concept frequently used today. Let us pick up some of these issues and discuss in what direction Quality Management and TQM seem to be going and whether the development is of benefit or not?

Language:English
Keywords:TQM, Six Sigma, Business Excellence, customer, stakeholder
Year:2007
No. of pages:8
Series:Linköping Electronic Conference Proceedings
ISSN (print):1650-3686
ISSN (online):1650-3740
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Available:2008-02-15
Publisher:Linköping University Electronic Press, Linköpings universitet

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Bengt Klefsjö, Bjarne Bergquist, Rickard Garvare (2007). Quality Management and Business Excellence, Customers and Stakeholders: Do we Agree on What We are Talking About, and Does it Matter?, 10th QMOD Conference. Quality Management and Organiqatinal Development. Our Dreams of Excellence, 18-20 June, 2007 in Helsingborg, Sweden http://www.ep.liu.se/ecp_article/index.en.aspx?issue=026;article=092 (accessed 4/20/2014)