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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
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