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Total Quality Management (TQM) Paper

Quality Management (TQM) Paper: Prepare a 1,000-word paper in which you define Total Quality Management (TQM). Include a description of the impact of globalization on quality. Also, compare and contrast traditional management styles with quality-focused management styles. Explain how TQM applies or should apply to your organization. Locate at least two sources other than the book, "Achieving Quality through Continual Improvement", to support your paper. Be sure to properly cite your references in your paper.

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Define Total Quality Management (TQM). Include a description of the impact of globalization on quality.

As defined by ISO:

"TQM is a management approach of an organization, centered on quality, based on the participation of all its members and aiming at long-term success through customer satisfaction,and benefits to all members of the organization and to society."

TQM is a management philosophy that seeks to integrate all organizational functions (marketing, finance, design, engineering, and production, customer service, etc.) to focus on meeting customer needs and organizational objectives.

TQM views an organization as a collection of processes. It maintains that organizations must strive to continuously improve these processes by incorporating the knowledge and experiences of workers. The simple objective of TQM is "Do the right things, right the first time, every time". TQM is infinitely variable and adaptable. Although originally applied to manufacturing operations, and for a number of years only used in that area, TQM is now becoming recognized as a generic management tool, just as applicable in service and public sector organizations. There are a number of evolutionary strands, with different sectors creating their own versions from the common ancestor. TQM is the foundation for activities, which include:

Commitment by senior management and all employees
Meeting customer requirements
Reducing development cycle times
Just In Time/Demand Flow Manufacturing
Improvement teams
Reducing product and service costs
Systems to facilitate improvement
Line Management ownership
Employee involvement and empowerment
Recognition and celebration
Challenging quantified goals and benchmarking ...

Solution Summary

This solution discusses how TQM views an organization as a collection of process and the activities for which TQM should form a foundation for. It also discusses the impact of globalization on quality, traditional vs. quality focused management styles, and applying TQM to a brokerage firm organization (as an example). This solution is approximately 1000 words.

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