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The Prophet's Legacy

Summary: This article explores the quantity and quality of publications in relation to quality theorists. Searching for the names of quality gurus to observe trends and differences concerning the quantity and quality of literature written by or discussing them offers a unique approach to addressing this area. A reduction in the quantity of literature in relation to any of the theorists might indicate that funding and time allocation for research into their theories is declining. The research that follows indicates that the quantity of literature discussing W. Edwards Deming has declined since the 2008 economic crisis, while his impact over time (as measured by the volume of citations for articles written by or mentioning Deming) is far greater than that of his contemporaries. The authors argue that this research justifies a call for greater funding allocated toward the study of Deming's philosophy.

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  • Topics: Continuous Improvement
  • Keywords: W. Edwards Deming, Deming philosophy, Research, Joseph M. Juran, Philip B. Crosby, Kaoru Ishikawa, Shigeo Shingo, Armand V. Feigenbaum
  • Author: Babula, Michael; Tookey, Max; Nicolaides, Fraser; Infande, Al;
  • Journal: Journal for Quality and Participation