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TQM and business performance in the service sector: a Singapore study

Brah S, Li Wong J, Madhu Rao B ...see all

International Journal of Operations & Production Management, vol. 20, issue 11 (2000) pp. 1293-1312

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Abstract

This paper focuses on gaining insight into the impact of TQM on the business performance of the service sector of the economy. The study yields clear evidence that TQM implementation improved business performance in the service sector of Singapore. Success of TQM implementations appears to be attributable more to the rigor of its implementation rather than the duration. The study finds that while accrued benefits can be attributed to some of the tools of TQM, such as, customer focus and quality improvement rewards, the key to the success of TQM lies in its intangible and behavioral features such as top management support, employee empowerment and employee involvement.

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Authors

  • Shaukat A. Brah

  • Jen Li Wong

  • B. Madhu Rao

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