Author

Cindy Krieter

Publication Date

1-1-1995

Document Type

Dissertation/Thesis

First Advisor

Jacobs, Larry W.

Degree Name

B.S. (Bachelor of Science)

Department

Department of Operations Management and Information Systems

Abstract

This paper examined the differences between Total Quality Management (TQM) and Business Process Reengineering (BPR) as seen through the eyes of both practitioners and academics. The main purpose of this research project was to determine what practitioners and academics defined TQM and BPR as and how they felt the two quality movements differed. I performed a literature review to determine what the definitions and differences actually were. I then prepared a questionnaire which would draw out the opinions of the respondents on each of those aspects. After I prepared this, I sent out 400 questionnaires to practitioners and 300 questionnaires to academics. Data analysis confirmed that there was a vast gap between what academics and businesspeople thought the differences were between TQM and BPR. Research also showed that there was a difference between what academics were teaching and what practitioners were practicing. After doing my research, I conclude that there are some major differences in the cornerstones of TQM and BPR. I think that both academics and practitioners need to take a closer look at BPR. They need to realize that BPR is a viable option for companies to pursue. Both practitioners and academics have a good handle on what TQM is and how to implement it.

Comments

Includes bibliographical references.

Extent

28 pages, 12 unnumbered pages

Language

eng

Publisher

Northern Illinois University

Rights Statement

In Copyright

Rights Statement 2

NIU theses are protected by copyright. They may be viewed from Huskie Commons for any purpose, but reproduction or distribution in any format is prohibited without the written permission of the authors.

Media Type

Text

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