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Title: Empiricist framework for TQM implementation in construction companies
Authors: Koh, T.Y.
Low, S.P. 
Keywords: Contractor
Total quality management
TQM framework
Issue Date: 2010
Citation: Koh, T.Y., Low, S.P. (2010). Empiricist framework for TQM implementation in construction companies. Journal of Management in Engineering 26 (3) : 133-143. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: As a management philosophy, total quality management (TQM) is implemented differently in firms. This study investigates the implementation level and the types of TQM practices adopted in construction companies. Eight elements had been identified from both nizational-/management- and construction-related studies to represent the TQM spirit. These elements are top management leadership, customer management, people management, supplier management, quality information management, process management, organizational learning, and continual improvement. A questionnaire survey was conducted to solicit the implementation level of the identified TQM elements. The survey findings indicate that customer, process management, and top management leadership were implemented at a higher level than the remaining elements with quality information management implemented at the lowest level. Important practices that constitute each element were also identified. Based on the findings, we propose a TQM implementation framework for construction companies. © 2010 ASCE.
Source Title: Journal of Management in Engineering
ISSN: 0742597X
DOI: 10.1061/(ASCE)ME.1943-5479.0000014
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