Quality training: findings from a European survey

Mathews, Brian P., Ueno, Akiko ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-6157-3193, Periera, Zulema Lopez, Silva, Graca, Kekale, Tauno and Repka, Mikko (2001) Quality training: findings from a European survey. The TQM Magazine, 13 (1) . pp. 61-68. ISSN 0954-478X [Article] (doi:10.1108/09544780110360615)


Quality management is an essential part of an organisation's competitive strategy. The training that underpins quality management determines the likely effectiveness of the quality initiatives undertaken. This article details the findings of a questionnaire survey into the training provided to support quality management. A total of 450 responses are analysed. Findings from the UK, Portugal and Finland are compared to identify differences in national practice. Training provision is definitely focused at quality staff, but even with this group training in many of the traditional quality tools is denied to one third. The area in which training is given consistently concerns awareness, systems and standards. This confirms that much of the emphasis within the sample base is on working to a quality system rather than necessarily embracing the message of quality. Training methods tend to be traditional, with little impact evident of the hi-tech revolution. Nevertheless, there is a spread of approaches considered effective with no single approach dominating the field. While external short courses rank top in all areas, the incidence is never in excess of one-third.

Item Type: Article
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Research Areas: A. > Business School > Marketing, Branding and Tourism
Item ID: 35554
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Depositing User: Akiko Ueno
Date Deposited: 18 Aug 2022 15:36
Last Modified: 20 Oct 2022 16:10
URI: https://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/35554

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