Total Quality Management in Human Service Organizations / Edition 1

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Overview

Now that business, government, and other fields are embracing Total Quality Management (TQM) as their management philosphy, TQM may also hold the solution for problems that exist in human services organizations today. After a brief history of TQM, the author discusses the philosophy of management, quality as an organizational goal, the challenges of determining an organization's customers, and collecting and using customer quality data. He also describes how to achieve quality improvement through teamwork and shows how to use brainstorming, cause and effect diagrams, check sheets, and pareto analysis. Among the other topics examined are contractor involvement, training top management personnel, training middle managers and staff, and selecting an implementation strategy. All the examples used in this volume are drawn from the fields of public administration, gerontology, public health, and management of nonprofit organizations. Total Quality Management in Human Service Organizations is a good "backgrounder" for human service administrators and organizations prior to undergoing a more detailed agency discussion of, or training in, TQM. It is also of great value to students and faculty in social work administration programs who are interested in the basics of TQM.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780803949508
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 9/10/1993
  • Series: SAGE Human Services Guides Series , #67
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 112
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.28 (d)

Meet the Author

Lawrence L. Martin is Professor of Public Affairs, Social Work and Public Administration at the University of Central Florida in Orlando. He was previously on the faculty of the Columbia University School of Social Work in New York City where he directed the program in social work administration. He is the author of 20 books and major monographs and over 100 articles and book chapters.
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Table of Contents

Quality Management
The New Managerial Wave
What is Total Quality Management (TQM)?
TQM as a Philosophy of Management
Quality as an Organizational Goal
Collecting and Using Customer Quality Data
Understanding and Controlling Variation
Continuous Quality Improvement Through Teamwork
Top Management Commitment
Contractor Involvement
A Plan for Implementing TQM
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