Dr. Kaoru Ishikawa, A Quality Control Pioneer

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Dr. Kaoru Ishikawa, A Quality Control Pioneer
Terri Baldwin
Quality Management
Jayanta Bandyopadhyay
January 22, 2015 Dr. Kaoru Ishikawa, A Quality Control Pioneer

After World War II Japanese manufacturing companies where struggling to compete in the worldwide markets. This was mainly due to the fact that most consumers believed that products produced in Japan cheaply made and of poor quality. Business leaders in Japan knew that changes in quality control needed to happen in manufacturing to change the consumers’ minds about their products. They turned to Dr. Kaoru Ishikawa to rally the Japanese government and people toward the specific goal of improving quality control in their manufacturing companies, thus making Dr. Ishikawa an early pioneer in Japan’s quality revolution.
Dr. Ishikawa spend many years as a professor of engineering at Tokyo University and became a Japanese icon as an influential quality management innovator. He helped develop the bottom-up view of quality management which the Japanese used to approach quality management. Dr. Ishikawa not only help the Japanese workers see the need for quality in their product he was able to persuade top management to get involved and make total quality control a success in Japanese companies. Dr. Ishikawa, with the help of the Japanese Union of Scientist and Engineers, was able to implement changes in the way companies in Japan thought about total quality control through in the introduction of quality circles.

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