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A developmental view on implementation of quality management concepts
Chalmers University of Technology, Göteborg, Sweden).
Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, Quality Technology and Management. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology. Linköping University, HELIX Vinn Excellence Centre.
2014 (English)In: International Journal of Quality and Service Sciences, ISSN 1756-669X, E-ISSN 1756-6703, Vol. 6, no 2/3, 143-154 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to examine the value of a developmental learning view on implementation of quality management (QM) concepts. QM concepts are common in various organizations; some implement them smoothly, others struggle and sometimes even abandon the initiatives. What is then a successful implementation – is it the use a specific QM method as a standard problem solving approach, or is it that learning has occurred during implementation?

Design/methodology/approach – The paper is based on an illustrative case study carried out at a hospital in western Sweden. The data have been collected through about 130 hours of participation in project work by the first author and through seven face-to-face interviews of about one hour each.

Findings – It is shown that a Design for Six Sigma pilot project with a narrow view on implementation could be regarded as a failure, but it gave rise to much learning and new improved ways of working. Hence, it is argued that a developmental view on implementation can support learning by an emergent and experimental approach to implementation processes.

Originality/value – Much research has been done on how to increase the success rate of implementations of QM initiatives, e.g. procedures to follow to reach an outcome where the new way of working is standard procedure. Less research has problematized the implementation process, questioning what a successful outcome of an implementation is.

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited, 2014. Vol. 6, no 2/3, 143-154 p.
Keyword [en]
Implementation, Quality management, Health care, Design for six sigma, Deterministic implementation logic, Developmental implementation logic
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Other Social Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-110879DOI: 10.1108/IJQSS-02-2014-0012OAI: diva2:749867
Available from: 2014-09-25 Created: 2014-09-25 Last updated: 2014-10-14Bibliographically approved

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