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 Organizational Improvement and Quality Policy Deployment

The objective for this module is to discuss management strategies needed to assure the success of the organization by viewing the organization as a system and understanding quality policy deployment.

Here are three cases to ponder:

All these situations could have been prevented had the leaders thought of their organization as a system.  In the Quality Library for Module 5, you will find a tutorial that has been used by many senior leaders to create their improvement plan.  Review these materials and think about an organization for which you once worked or are working for now.  Your final assignment should use these materials as the overarching framework.

There are a myriad of books and seminars devoted to leaders' role in quality improvement, and yet we are not seeing many success stories.  I would encourage you to review the companies that have received the Baldrige Award as well as the criteria for winning this award.  This information can be found on the Internet.  (The best site I found was The National Quality Award).   Again, in your final assignment, bring in the components of the Baldrige Award criteria.


Quality Policy Deployment

Once an organization has decided on its business strategies, then its priorities for improvement, communication of the vision, mission, and marching orders need to be orchestrated in such a way that everyone in the organization knows how he or she fits in the big picture and what his or her role is.  This has traditionally been done poorly in most organizations. Employees do not have a clear sense of what is happening, and so constantly feel like management is getting ready to "pull a fast one" on them.  Morale suffers terribly in these situations.

Please read in the Quality Library and the following articles in your course reader:


Benchmarking

There are many organizations that believe that benchmarking is essential for the organization to succeed.  I have an opinion about benchmarking that I will put forth for you to consider.  Benchmarking works if companies already know their processes before they go looking for benchmarking partners. They have flowcharts AND data, know exactly how their data were collected as well as the data from the benchmarking partner. If they only compare results, that is an invitation for mischief.  Remember the process, the people issues, the environment, etc. that contribute to the outcomes.  However, benchmarking should let you see where the "best of the best" are and why you had better improve if your competition is ahead of you.  The following articles are meant to stimulate your thinking, but I suggest you explore other authorities on the subject.

Final Assignment:

In order for you to demonstrate your understanding of the materials in this course, please write a critical analysis of the case presented in Stayer's article "How I let my workers lead".

A critical analysis is not a book report.  Do not summarize the article: I've already read it!  Rather, a critical analysis means you should have lots of sentences that start with: "I think...," "I disagree with...," "He should have done...," "Stayer instituted fear according to McBean...," etc.This analysis should contain materials, with appropriate citations, (Joiner states that.....)  from all the modules and articles of this course.

You have two choices for the framework for your paper, "The Organization as a System" in the Quality Library, or the "Baldridge Criteria" (Web site on National Quality Award above). For Organization as a System, tollow the ten steps in this model to analyze the article.   For example, when you look at the output of Johnsonville Sausage, you should look for what they produced--not only sausage, but other products as well.  When you look at production, you should think about the process, based on your work in Module 2. Module 4 talked aboaut how people fit in the picture so tell me about the employees of the Sausage company so this would fit in customers and customer knowledge.  If you use the Baldridge Award criteria, just review the seven categories (Leadership, Strategic Planning, Customer and market focus, etc.) and analyze the article from these categories.

This paper should be about 12-15 pages (double-spaced) and should be an indication of your understanding of quality improvement.  If other assignments were less than stellar, but this one is first rate, I will skew your grade in favor of this paper.

One last favor.  I am very interested in improving this course therefore, would you comment on the content, instructor support, and anything else you feel should or could be improved.


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