Forecasting Management Philosophy Life Cycles

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Forecasting Management Philosophy Life Cycles
A Comparative Study of Six Sigma and TQM

This paper emphasizes on Management fads and their life cycles, precisely Total Quality Management (TQM) and Six Sigma. Management fad typifies a change in management philosophy followed by the organizations. As long as management fads create a positive incremental impingement on the organization they are acceptable. The author juxtaposes Total Quality Management (TQM), Quality circles and Six sigma with different hypothesis, patterns of their life cycles and various databases. The basic difference between the management fads is their approach to ameliorate the quality. Six Sigma approach has exhibited outstanding potential and generated billions of dollars in cost savings drawing intense interest from business community.

The author highlights the word “temporariness” of fads illustrating adoption of Quality Circles in United States and Japan. Quality Circles is a management fad in which employees performing different operational activities form small circle, discuss, work together to solve problems and devise solutions for quality improvements. During the execution of quality circles, the Japanese management took a long term view and solved the problems on quality with firm commitment whereas United States lacked commitment and in pressure to get quick results failed to prove the significance of Quality Circles in United States. In my opinion, the organizations in United States who…
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