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Assessing the presence of total quality utilising a novel examination of selected performance factorsDavidson, Anthony Richard January 1998 (has links)
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The complex relationship between quality assurance interventions and effective school improvementLilly, John January 2000 (has links)
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Modelling customer satisfaction in service industriesGorst, Jonathan Keith January 2000 (has links)
This research considers a Customer Satisfaction Index approach and its relative benefits to the UK community. It is focussed on the service industries in both the public and private sectors. It looks at, and develops the measuring and modelling processes involved and employs a Structural Equation Modelling (SEM) methodology. The research critiques two of the leading methodologies currently available (Maximum Likelihood and Fixed Point Estimation) before selecting one from which to model the whole process. Throughout the research, three different structural models are considered. These vary in how the different latent variables are connected together, but are based around a core of specific latent variables, which together make up a customer's total buying experience. Two of the models considered were by other authors, while the third (Sheffield Model) was a direct development of this research. The data has been collected by the means of a questionnaire. Over the life of the research a generic questionnaire has been developed to produce a tool that is focused on the specific issues that the model requires for it to operate. The final part of the research contemplates how a company can use the results of the index to pin point where improvements in their customer service provision would have the largest impact on their overall customer satisfaction index score. The research considers the different aspects of customer satisfaction and their place within a Total Quality Management approach. However, the index is a completely self-contained product, which allows any company to measure how well it is satisfying its customers. The index calculates an index score between one and one hundred. The ultimate aim of the index is for a company's score to be compared over time, against other companies within the same industry, against other companies from other industries, against the national average and even against company's throughout Europe and the World, as National Indices operate overseas. In fact, it is envisaged that the index will act as a way for individual companies to benchmark themselves against the best customer service companies in the world. It is hoped that over time the customer satisfaction index can become a key indicator as to the state of the UK economy. After all, satisfied customers are very often loyal customers, they tend to buy more, more often, and satisfied customers are often willing to pay premium prices for a company's products (Kristensen & Martensen, 1996).
An implementation model of a quality management information scheme for cellular manufacturing environmentsGundogan, Mete January 1995 (has links)
As today's global competition grows in manufacturing industries companies are forced to work smart in all areas of operations, starting with suppliers and ending with customers. This competition in general requires firms to improve market responsiveness, product quality, use computerised information systems for production planning and control, have more rapid changeovers, reductions in setup times, work-in-progress reduction and hence throughput time reduction. In order to accomplish these formidable tasks, there are a number of management philosophies available for manufacturing companies. These include just-in-time, flexible manufacturing systems, computer integrated manufacturing, total quality management, concurrent engineering. Implementation of these philosophies, however, requires mass mobilisation encompassing many areas of operations such as production, sales and marketing, suppliers, finance, customer servicing, product design and method engineering, maintenance, personnel and training, etc. This thesis details a study which evaluates the total quality management philosophy in cellular manufacturing environment. Following this evaluation, a quality management information scheme, which is structured and integrated, has been produced using the Manufacturing Systems Analysis and Design Method. In order to manage smoothly this mobilisation and incorporate the scheme to other integrated functional areas, a new approach namely the Activity Based Implementation (ABI) has also been produced. Justification of the model from various points of view has shown that the model is expected to address a considerable gap in the area concerned. The model was designed to be used as an integrated part of a system or as a stand-alone scheme by quality practitioners, the management board of organisations implementing TQM and quality management researchers.
An investigation into the applicability of self assessment against the business excellence model within UK public sector organisationsReed, Deborah M. January 1997 (has links)
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A customised total quality management framework for schoolsRampa, SH 04 August 2010 (has links)
Abstract Research has revealed that many of the historically disadvantaged schools in South Africa experience difficulty in implementing policies aimed at restoring the quality of teaching and learning. The difficulty has been attributed to several factors such as poor conceptualisation and implementation of quality management systems at school level. This article reports on empirical research that investigated the possibility of applying Total Quality Management principles in schools for the purpose of restoring the culture of learning and teaching. Data was collected through qualitative and quantitative methods in selected schools situated in the Tshwane North District. The findings revealed that there is a gap between what is provided in the policy framework on the management of quality teaching and learning. It is recommended that in order to fill the gap, schools need to apply customised principles of Total Quality Management. The primary aim of this research was to develop such an integrated framework that is not only theoretically sound but that has been customised for schools’ contexts and conditions.
TQM-based self-assessment in educational organisations /Svensson, Magnus January 2002 (has links)
Lic.-avh. Luleå : Luleå tekniska univ., 2002.
Business excellence for the Hong Kong hotel industryLiu, Chun Kit January 2001 (has links)
The purpose of this research is to understand the state of art of total quality management in Hong Kong Hotel Industry and to develop a model of business excellence to help monitor and guide hoteliers in search of excellence. With this in mind, a preliminary study was conducted to understand the concepts, management practices, barriers to their implementations and future plan that are pertinent to total quality management. Founded on Kanji's Business Excellence Model, the Business Excellence Model for Hong Kong Hotel Industry is developed, tested and applied using survey data from 28 members of the Hong Kong Hotels Association and the questionnaires are mainly responded by directorates of the hotels. To compliment the business excellence study, over 2,400 interviews were made from guests of 62 hotels to set up a customer satisfaction index for Hong Kong Hotel Industry. A full-scale study on customer satisfaction for three international and two Asian hotels is included as a case study. Five critical success factors are identified in the preliminary study and they are People Management, External Customer-Satisfaction, Teamwork, Internal Customer-Satisfaction and Leadership. Under staffing is the major barrier to the hotel's implementation of TQM in terms of both frequency and degrees of difficulty, and the approach believed to be short-lived gimmicks or fads comes second. The customer satisfaction survey 1999 reveals that Customer Satisfaction is mainly influenced by both Expectation and Perceived Quality. This, perhaps, gives the hoteliers the starting points for improving their customer satisfactions. Contrasts between the two groups of hotels in the case study reveal that the Asian group outperforms the International group of hotels in all the five dimensions of the Customer Satisfaction Model for both sexes and for both ethnic groups of White and Chinese. This indicates that the difference is something fundamental, perhaps in their quality cultures, quality initiatives and, most importantly, leaderships.
Kvalitetsarbete inom sjukvården : appliceras japansk produktionsfilosofi i den svenska sjukvården?Jensen, Anne, Johnander, Madelene January 2007 (has links)
<p>Syfte: Uppsatsens syfte är att analysera i vilken utsträckning Kaizen tillämpas i det kvalitetsarbete som bedrivs på Karolinska Universitetssjukhuset, Capio S:t Görans Sjukhus samt Danderyds Sjukhus AB.</p><p>Metod: En fallstudie har utförts vid tre sjukhusen i Stockholmsregionen. Primär- och sekundärdata har samlats in genom semistrukturerade intervjuer respektive litteratur, rapporter, artiklar och elektroniska källor.</p><p>Teori: Kaizen är ett synsätt som sätter människan i fokus och arbetar utefter ständigt förbättringsarbete med kundfokusering som högsta prioritet. TQM är en filosofi samt innefattar vägledande principer som innebär att arbeta aktivt med kvalitetsfrågor. Strukturerade modeller används till hjälp för utförandet av förbättringsarbetet. Processorientering innebär att personal från olika funktioner arbetar med flöden kopplat till en speciell produkt eller kund, där effekten blir att optimera flödena istället för funktionerna.</p><p>Empiri: Empirin belyser de tre sjukhusens organisationsstruktur samt en faktabeskrivning om sjukhusens respektive kvalitetsarbeten. Resultatet som framkommer redogör i vilken utsträckning sjukhusen applicerar Kaizen i sitt arbete.</p><p>Slutsats: Samtliga av sjukhusen bedriver kvalitetsarbeten som har starka likheter med vad Kaizenfilosofin förespråkar. Sjukhusen anser även att det är viktigt att ta till vara på personalens kompetens och stimulera engagemang och utveckling i deras arbete. Genom att verka för att hela verksamheten är involverad i kvalitetsarbetet ökar det möjligheten till ett bestående resultat.</p>
An Investigation into the Relationship between Total Quality Management Practice and Performance in a Taiwan Public HospitalLai, Mei-Chiao, firstname.lastname@example.org January 2003 (has links)
This thesis investigated the relationship between Total Quality Management (TQM) practice and hospital performance from 1997 t0 2001 in a Taiwan public hospital. In Taiwan, previous research focused on TQM practice and hospital performance in the manufacturing sector. Earlier research relevant to hospitals emphasised outcomes, such as hospital efficiency. The current study differs from the previous hospital research by examining comprehensive organisational performance, including financial and non-financial performance. The objective was to gain insights into ways in which the managers of hospitals might use the findings to enhance the hospital performance levels. The Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award (MBNQA) 2001 health care criteria for performance excellence were used as a research instrument to measure TQM practice and hospital performance. Data were collected using triangulation method, that is a self-assessment questionnaire, focus group interviews and documentation that is Government Annual Reports. Multivariate Analysis of Variance (MANOVA) and Multiple Regression Analysis were utilised to analyse data from questionnaires. Findings from focus group interviews were coded and categorised. Findings from documentation were used to verify and validate the progress of hospital performance. The quantitative findings indicated that the demographic characteristics of employees had no significant impact on TQM practice, nor on hospital performance. Elements of TQM, however, were important determinants of overall hospital performance, the more committed the TQM practice, the better the hospital performance. The qualitative findings indicated that, for Hospital A, effective TQM would be accomplished through incremental organisational change. This research makes a contribution to both academic knowledge and hospital practice. It bridges the research gap in the relationship between TQM practice and hospital performance and also offers a solid foundation for future academic research. The study also provides short and long-term recommendations about quality improvement to both the manager and hospital A.
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