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What Is Total Quality Control?: The Japanese Way [Hardcover]

Kaoru Ishikawa (Author)
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This dynamic handbook has sold over l00,000 copies in Japan already and has helped thousands of firms throughout the world turn quality into their most powerful marketing weapon. You can use the Ishikawa method to create high-quality products, as well as improve customer relations, reduce manufacturing costs, decrease "down-time," and minimize product liability suits.

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Text: English, Japanese (translation)

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall (March 1985)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0139524339
  • ISBN-13: 978-0139524332
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 7 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,008,228 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful:
5.0 out of 5 stars Quality Guru - leading Japanese contributor to quality management., July 26, 2005
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Carlos F. Pola Torroella (Eagle pass, TX United States) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: What Is Total Quality Control?: The Japanese Way (Hardcover)
This was the first book I read on quality a long time ago and stills on my bookshelf.

Ishikawa insisted that Total quality means everyone contributes but in teams rather than as an individual, and went on to coin the phrase that quality was a thought revolution and based on the "respect of humanity". Maintaining that building a quality culture was a slow process easily destroyed by too rapid an implementation and that collecting and analysing factual data was the essence of quality control.

Like others, Ishikawa believed that quality begins with the customer and therefore the essence of any improvement is based on understanding that customers needs, aspirations and reactions. Clear and distinct clarity was needed in a specification to cover any relevant condition such as humidity, temperature and feel. He also pointed out that customer complaints rather than being a criticism was a vital quality improvement opportunity to be actively sought out.


Ishikawa built on Feigenbaum's concept of total quality and suggested that all employees have a greater role to play, arguing that an over-reliance on the quality professional would limit the potential for improvement. Maintaining that a company-wide participation was required from the top management to the front-line staff. As every area of an organisation can affect quality, all areas should study statistical techniques and implement as required with internal and external Quality Audit programmes. Going on to name areas such as engineering, design, manufacturing, sales, materials, clerical, planning, accounting, business and personnel that can not only improve internally but also provide the essential information to allow strategic management decisions to be made concerning the company.

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5.0 out of 5 stars From the alpha to Omega !, November 6, 2004
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Ishikawa makes a careful and intense analysis about the meaning of the Quality Control . Its reading is ver interesting and passionate . It is a fundamental tool for all those managements who really want improve their productivity in their respective work places .
A must for you to have it .
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5.0 out of 5 stars School Life Saver!, November 4, 2010
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Found this book while desparately looking for material for a term paper. Found it on Friday, had it by Tuesday in plenty of time for inclusion in my paper. A good source of information related to Kaoru Ishikawa's work in the field of Quality Management.
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