IT use in supporting TQM initiatives: An empirical investigation

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International Journal of Operations and Production Management
  • Volumen: 26
  • Número: 5
  • Fecha: 10 April 2006
  • Páginas: 486-504
  • ISSN: 01443577
  • Source Type: Journal
  • DOI: 10.1108/01443570610659874
  • Document Type: Article
Purpose - To provide insights into current IT and total quality management (TQM) theory and practice on operational and quality performance, in particular the use of IT in supporting TQM policies and practices. Design/methodology/ approach - Hypotheses derived from the key features of TQM and IT presented by previous authors are tested using structural equation modelling through field research on a sample of 234 manufacturing companies in Spain. Findings - The results indicate that the sampled firms make considerable use of IT to support their TQM initiatives and that overall such efforts generate significant positive gains on operational and quality performance. The few exceptions to this are noted and discussed. Research limitations/implications - The implications and limitations of the survey together with suggestions for further research are fully discussed. Practical implications - A survey of IT in support of TQM initiatives on operational and quality performance in manufacturing suggests how firms and other organisations should focus their IT investments to improve performance. Originality/value - Both information technology and TQM have had, and continue to have, a significant impact on most organizations. Although each paradigm has been widely researched there is little empirical research on the relationship between the two and how they both relate to business performance. © Emerald Group Publishing Limited.

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