Title

Implementing Quality Improvement Programs Using the Focusing Steps of the Theory of Constraints

Department

Management & Entrepreneurship

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

1998

Abstract

Having made considerable progress in quality improvement (QI) programs, Japan has now moved into other phases of competition, such as rapid design changes and lower prices. The USA, however, is faltering with QI programs. Several studies reveal that only about 20% of the QI programs implemented in the USA achieve significant results in terms of quality, or financial improvements. One reason proposed for this disappointing result is that QI programs are not implemented correctly. The purpose of this paper is to demonstrate how the use of the Theory of Constraints (TOC) can assist managers in implementing QI programs that yield results.

Journal

International Journal of Technology Management

Journal ISSN

0267-5730

Volume

16

Issue

4

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

10.1504/IJTM.1998.002669