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Title: The state of quality management implementation : a cross-sectional study of quality-oriented companies in Hong Kong
Authors: Lai, Kee-hung Mike
Weerakoon, Thilaka S.
Cheng, T. C. Edwin
Subjects: Quality assurance
Total quality management
Issue Date: Jan-2002
Publisher: Routledge
Source: Total quality management, 1 Jan. 2002, v. 13, no. 1, p. 29-38.
Abstract: This paper reports the current status of quality management implementation in qualityoriented companies in Hong Kong, identifies the major problems they encounter and suggests future directions for quality management in Hong Kong. We use the critical factors of quality management developed by Black and Porter (1996, Decision Sciences , 27, pp. 1-21) as the evaluation criteria for this study. Using a structured questionnaire, we survey over 1000 companies with an operational quality management system and receive 304 valid responses for data analysis. The respondent companies are classified into four industry types: manufacturing, service, construction and public utility. The results display a cross-section of their quality management implementation status in these different industries in Hong Kong. We find that these companies in the public utility and service industries appear to have a higher level of quality management implementation than those in the manufacturing and construction industries. They also seem to differ in their emphases on their quality management implementation. Implications of the results and suggestions for quality management implementation are provided.
Rights: © 2002 Taylor & Francis Ltd.
This is an electronic version of an article published in K.H Lai, T.S. Weerakoon and T.C.E. Cheng (2002), Total Quality Management, 13(1), 29-38. Total Quality Management is available online at:, the open URL of the article:
Type: Journal/Magazine Article
DOI: 10.1080/09544120120098546
ISSN: 0954-4127 (print)
1360-0613 (online)
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