Are quality management practices similar in manufacturing and service companies? How do they differ? Explain your answers.
In both manufacturing and service companies there is a need to monitor quality. However, in manufacturing companies, demand is not immediately linked with supply and products can be made in advance. In slower seasons, product can be made and stocked for busier times. In high demand situations, orders can be placed and supplied as available. In contrast, supply companies must deliver service on demand and service cannot be stored. As a result, quality issues in service companies must be dealt with immediately.
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This solution analyzes if quality management practices are the same in both manufacturing and service companies. It also explains how the two practices differ.