Quality training: Findings from a European survey

Brian P. Mathews, Akiko Ueno, Zulema Lopez Periera, Graca Silva, Tauno Kekal, Mikko Repka

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Quality management is an essential part of an organisation's competitive strategy. The training that underpins quality management determines the likely effectiveness of the quality initiatives undertaken. This article details the findings of a questionnaire survey into the training provided to support quality management. A total of 450 responses are analysed. Findings from the UK, Portugal and Finland are compared to identify differences in national practice. Training provision is definitely focused at quality staff, but even with this group training in many of the traditional quality tools is denied to one third. The area in which training is given consistently concerns awareness, systems and standards. This confirms that much of the emphasis within the sample base is on working to a quality system rather than necessarily embracing the message of quality. Training methods tend to be traditional, with little impact evident of the hi-tech revolution. Nevertheless, there is a spread of approaches considere d effective with no single approach dominating the field. While external short courses rank top in all areas, the incidence is never in excess of one-third.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)61-68
Number of pages8
JournalTqm Magazine
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2001


  • Survey
  • TQM
  • Training


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