Quality culture as the significant link between knowledge management and quality management

[Deutscher Titel: Qualitätskultur als die bedeutende Verbindung zwischen Wissensmanagement und Qualitätsmanagement (Text übersetzen: Deutsch)]

Title: Knowledge management as perceived by quality practitioners
Author(s): Dianne Waddell, Deb Stewart
Journal: The TQM Journal, Year: 2008 Volume: 20 Issue: 1 Page: 31 – 44

Abstract: Purpose – This paper seeks to explore the relationship between knowledge management and quality management with a particular focus on the role of quality culture. The paper also aims to address the assumption that as knowledge management reaches its maturity, in terms of acceptance as an important part of doing business in the modern world, quality will again become the mantra of successful companies.
Design/methodology/approach – A total of 1,000 quality managers from Australian organisations were surveyed for their perspectives on current and future knowledge management and quality management approaches. The questionnaire utilised both quantitative and qualitative data collection methods. The questionnaire was broken into three sections: respondent profile, current knowledge management and quality management practices, and future predictions for both knowledge management and quality management.
Findings – The key finding of the paper was that organisations would have to embrace a quality culture as a fundamental component of implementing knowledge management in order to compete successfully in such a dynamic business environment. The responses from this survey assist in identifying the relationship between knowledge and quality management, and the importance and future of both knowledge and quality management.
Originality/value – This paper is based upon the assumption that quality is in fact, resurging. It has identified quality culture as the significant link between knowledge management and quality management that leads to successful competitive advantage. Organisations are urged to recognise knowledge management as a vehicle for success not a stand-alone process. It is the first time that such a survey has been designed, and the first time a paper has produced an explanation to the current situation.
Keywords: Australia, Knowledge management, Perception, Quality
Article Type: Research paper

Article URL: http://www.emeraldinsight.com/10.1108/09544780810842884

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