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A Critical Introduction, Third Edition, 3rd Edition

By John Beckford


328 pages | 98 B/W Illus.

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The 3rd edition of this top-selling text continues to provide a complete knowledge platform for all those wishing to study the development of the theory and practice of quality management. Building upon previous editions’ unique critical perspective on quality, this edition is enhanced by the inclusion of the latest contemporary developments in quality thinking, including Integrated Management Systems, Lean Manufacturing and SMART thinking, as well as updated, real-world examples in applying quality methods. In addition, existing understanding of the environmental impact of the quality movement will be extended into a broader understanding of environmental, financial, regulatory and behavioral sustainability. The book also addresses the issues of Corporate Governance and Corporate Social Responsibility which are now informing the decision making and behavior of managers.

Key features include:

  • Complete introduction to quality in the context of management thinking
  • In depth reviews of the contributions of ‘Quality Gurus’
  • Contemporary developments in theory and practice
  • International case studies drawn from both public and private sectors
  • Equal emphasis on both manufacturing and service sectors
  • Practical ‘case study’ focused toolkits and applications

Table of Contents

List of Figures and Illustrations

List of Vignettes

Preface to Third Edition


Preface to Second Edition

Preface to First Edition

Part One: Introducing Quality

User Guide

1 The Quality Imperative

2 Quality: A Strategic Decision?

3 Barriers to Quality

4 The Emergence of Management

Part Two: The Quality Gurus

User Guide

5 Philip B. Crosby

6 W. Edwards Deming

7 Armand V. Feigenbaum

8 Kaoru Ishikawa

9 Joseph M. Juran

10 John S. Oakland

11 Taiichi Ohno

12 Shigeo Shingo

13 Genichi Taguchi

Part Three: Contemporary Thinking

User Guide

14 Contingency Theory

15 Organisations as Systems

16 Organisational Cybernetics

17 Soft Systems Thinking

18 Critical Systems Thinking

19 Business Process Re-engineering

20 Organisational Learning

21 Systemic Quality Management

Part Four: Methods, Tools & Techniques

User Guide

22 SB Foods: A Quality Problem?

23 First Intervention

24 Second Intervention

25 Final Intervention


Glossary of Terms and Abbreviations

Further Reading



About the Author

John Beckford, PhD is currently Managing Director and founder of Integra Management Systems, Ltd. He lectures extensively at the masters and doctoral level and has researched, written, and developed a wide variety of management education courses for universities and commercial organizations. He has worked worldwide in both the public and private sectors with a variety of organizations including Great North Eastern Railway, Hoverspeed, Doncaster, and South Humber Healthcare Trust NHS. Beckford is visiting Professor at the Department of Information Science at Loughborough University. He holds a PhD in Management Science, is a Member of the Institute of Management Services, and a Fellow of the Cybernetics Society.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Total Quality Management