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Title: Implementing total quality management in construction firms
Authors: Pheng, L.S. 
Teo, J.A.
Keywords: Construction industry
Engineering firms
Project management
Quality control
Issue Date: 2004
Citation: Pheng, L.S., Teo, J.A. (2004). Implementing total quality management in construction firms. Journal of Management in Engineering 20 (1) : 8-15. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: As building projects get larger and more complex, clients are also increasingly demanding higher standards for their delivery. Total quality management (TQM) has been recognized as a successful management philosophy in the manufacturing and service industries. TQM can likewise be embraced in the construction industry to help raise quality and productivity. Two case studies of construction companies showed how TQM can be successfully implemented in the construction industry. The benefits experienced include reduction in quality costs, better employee job satisfaction because they do not need to attend to defects and client complaints, recognition by clients, work carried out correctly right from the start, subcontractors with proper quality management systems, and closer relationships with subcontractors and suppliers. TQM performance measures were also reflected through top management commitment, customer involvement and satisfaction, employee involvement and empowerment, customer-supplier relationships, and process improvement and management. Finally, a framework for implementing TQM in construction is recommended. © ASCE.
Source Title: Journal of Management in Engineering
ISSN: 0742597X
DOI: 10.1061/(ASCE)0742-597X(2004)20:1(8)
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