The Importance Of Quality Management Schemes And Strategies Within An Organization

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In this essay I will explore how the use effective quality management can be used to continuously improve a business that seeks to deliver high quality service. Torkildsen (2011) defines quality management as, concerning processes that are designed to deliver continuous improvement within an organisation and aim to meet and exceed customer expectations of the product and or service that is being provided. To me Torkildsen’s definition sums up quality management perfectly and shows that the most important aspect of generating success within an organisation is by ensuring that the customers are always happy. Furthermore, the importance of quality management and having and approach deployed is supported by Hope et al (1997) cited in Beech and Chadwick (2012) they state “An organisation without strategy is like a motorist on a long journey without a map.” This is an amusing way of stating that all organisations should have strategies implemented with every action they take, I will be discussing the use of quality management schemes and strategies within this essay. There are many quality management schemes that can be used within organisations, the three approaches I am going to discuss within this essay are Quest, ISO 9001 and the European Foundation for Quality Management (EFQM). Within the first section of my essay I will be discussing Quest and the effectiveness of the scheme when deployed by certain organisations. I will then do the same for ISO 9001 and EFQM, weighing up

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