Total quality management is "a management approach of an organization, centered on quality, based on the participation of all of its members and aiming at long-term success through customer satisfaction, and benefits to all members of the organization and too society" (Wikipedia). This is the definition of total quality management as given by the International Standards Organization, and while the definition provides a vague notion of what total quality management is, it fails to provide any real knowledge of total quality management. Instead, as with many things in life, in order to fully understand what total quality management is, what it's various facets are, and how it gets implemented, it is necessary to explore first hand how real corporation define and use total quality management. In this paper, I will analyze the way in which the Toyota Motor Corporation uses total quality management, with a specific focus on the Toyota Production System and the three main tools by which Toyota Motor Corporation manages total quality management.
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[...] Thus, in order for Toyota employees to be able to accurately identify the causes of production failures or defects, they must stop the line and isolate these defects before they spread to other parts of the production process. Furthermore, if a defect is identified in the final product, it will be extremely difficult to identify which specific part of the production process was responsible for the defect. In order to successfully implement this aspect of the Toyota Production System, Toyota Motor Corporation had to standardize the work that was being performed by the employees: If you're turning out something in a different way from that on the standardized work sheet, or different from the way other people are doing it, that's the definition of a problem. [...]
[...] However, before going further, it must be noted that total quality management can be applied to a company that produces material goods or a company that provides intangible services, and that the principles of total quality management, as well as the execution of TQM, is different in both cases. As Toyota Motor Corporation is primarily a manufacturing firm this paper will only focus on total quality management as it applies to manufacturing. Total quality management in manufacturing starts with taking a random sample of product and performing statistical tests to maintain quality assurance (Wikipedia). [...]
[...] By incorporating the concept of Jidoka into it's total quality management strategy, Toyota is able to accurately identify and isolate those segments of the production process that are defective, as well as efficiently deal with the defective process by only focusing on solving those problems that need to be solved The third, and final, aspect of the Toyota Production System is the ideal of Kaizen, a continuous improvement of the production process. Two specific ways in which Toyota Motor Corporation employs Kaizen is in the continued elimination of processes that fail to add value, and by developing a highly motivated and intelligent workforce. [...]
[...] (Toyota) Despite the expansion of robots and automated processes in the manufacturing business, it is people, and not machines that actually build quality into a product. By developing it's employees, Toyota Motor Corporation is able to ensure that the overall quality of its products will always be of the highest rate. In conclusion, the specific set of total quality management tactics that are employed by Toyota Motor Corporation to improve the quality of its production process is known as the Toyota Production System. Under [...]
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