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Title: An empirical investigation of the channels that facilitate a total quality culture
Authors: Gallear, D
Ghobadian, A
Keywords: Total quality management;Empirical investigation;Culture;Facilitators
Issue Date: 2004
Publisher: Routledge, part of the Taylor & Francis Group
Citation: Total Quality Management 15(8): 1042-1067
Abstract: It is generally agreed that the culture of an organisation is a function of its values, beliefs and behavioural practices and that the influence of culture on an organisation is powerful and pervasive. There is also broad agreement that total quality management (TQM ) is a management paradigm that propagates certain values, behaviour and working methods. Moreover, that the successful introduction and practice of a total quality management approach requires close attention to, and more often than not modification of, organisational culture. Yet, culture is somewhat intangible, and regardless of the precise cultural aspirations, in order to change or maintain the desired culture an organisation needs a set of facilitating channels. These are mechanisms or necessary conditions that influence, mould and help sustain a desirable cultural orientation. This paper examines the channels that facilitate the development of a total quality culture based on the findings of an investigation of an international sample of organisations widely regarded as leading exponents of TQM.
ISSN: 1478-3363
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Brunel Business School Research Papers

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