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Deming, [William] Edwards (W. Edwards Deming)

Born: 1900 AD
Died: 1993 AD, at 93 years of age.

Nationality: British
Categories: Activists, Authors, Consultants, Educators

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US business advisor and management theorist

 

pioneer advocate of quality control

 

instrumental in rebuilding Japanese economy after World War II

 

wrote "Quality, Productivity, and Competitive Position" 1986


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Page last updated: 1:10pm, 25th Jul '06

  • "It is not necessary to change. Survival is not mandatory."
  • "What we need to do is learn to work in the system, by which I mean that everybody, every team, every platform, every division, every component is there not for individual competitive profit or recognition, but for contribution to the system as a whole on a win-win basis."
  • "It is important that an aim never be defined in terms of activity or methods. It must always relate directly to how life is better for everyone. . . . The aim of the system must be clear to everyone in the system. The aim must include plans for the future. The aim is a value judgment."
  • "Learning is not compulsory... neither is survival."
  • "If you can't describe what you are doing as a process, you don't know what you're doing."