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|Title:||Buddhism and TQM: An alternative explanation of Japan's adoption of Total Quality Management||Contributor(s):||Poropat, A (author); Kellett, John (author)||Publication Date:||2006||Handle Link:||https://hdl.handle.net/1959.11/2352||Abstract:||The relatively rapid adoption of Total Quality Management (TQM) in Japan has been attributed to several causes, including the efficacy of American trainers or the Japanese adoption of Scientific Management techniques before World War II. An alternative reason considers Japanese culture and spirituality as a dominant explanation, but there does not appear to have been a previous, detailed examination of why Japanese spirituality might be compatible with TQM. This article identifies a series of underlying similarities between Japanese Zen Buddhist philosophy and TQM ideas, such as both emphasising empirically-based practices, scepticism about received truth, encouraging continual improvement, and an assumption of change or variation. The implications of these underlying similarities are discussed, as well as suggestions for future research.||Publication Type:||Conference Publication||Conference Name:||20th Annual Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management (ANZAM) Conference - Management: Pragmatism, Philosophy, Priorities, Rockhampton, Australia, 6-9 December 2006||Source of Publication:||Proceedings of the 20th Annual Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management (ANZAM) Conference - Management: Pragmatism, Philosophy, Priorities||Publisher:||ANZAM: Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management||Place of Publication:||Lindfield, NSW, Australia||Field of Research (FOR):||160299 Criminology not elsewhere classified||Peer Reviewed:||Yes||HERDC Category Description:||E1 Refereed Scholarly Conference Publication||Other Links:||http://www.anzam.org/conference||Statistics to Oct 2018:||Visitors: 161
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