The human factor in Total Quality Management
Thesis (MBA)--Stellenbosch University, 2004.
The nature of work and its organisation has interest managers, economists and social scientists for as long as people have been employed by others to engage in productive activity. Managers have largely been interested in maximising output from available resources. During the last decade one approach has risen to outstanding popularity in this context: Total Quality Management. Total Quality Management is regarded as an approach which combines the technical and managerial side of management. Whereas the technical side of quality management is very much dependant on statistical control processes, the managerial side is more concerned with the people involved. A main focus point of this research report is the human side of quality management. By conducting an in depth literature review the author found that the human aspect of quality management had a great impact on the successful of quality assurance programmes. In this context the variable of motivation and satisfaction are reviewed in detail. It was discovered that the success of a business is largely dependent upon the ability of leaders to motivate workers to achieve the highest results. All leaders should understand motivation theory so that they can help ensure the success of their workplace. Only by taking into account the human aspects of an organisation and especially in the context of quality management programmes, the success of an organisation in the rapidly changing and extremely demanding times can be assured.