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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


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


Page last updated: 3:10am, 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."