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A grounded theory research approach to building and testing TQM theory in operations management

McAdam, Rodney, Leonard, Denis, Henderson, Joan and Shirley-Ann, Hazlett (2008) A grounded theory research approach to building and testing TQM theory in operations management. Omega The International Journal of Management Science, 36 (5). pp. 825-837. [Journal article]

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DOI: 10.1016/j.omega.2006.04.005


Total quality management (TQM) has continued to develop as a strategic business improvement approach in organisations and within the Operations Management literature. Strategic TQM is a dynamic phenomenon, reflecting the complexity and technology development in the business environment. Therefore, this conception of TQM has led to significant challenges with regards to developing suitable models and research methodology where traditional, and normative research data, includes survey responses associated with deductive theory and testing. Such data, and its use, is often premised on cause and effect rationality and fails to supply deep rich data to address meanings, phenomena and complex socio-political events, which is a feature of strategic TQM.The primary aim of this paper is to develop strategic TQM models which are representative of the dynamic and complex elements of organisations and their environments. A secondary aim is to examine theory building in relation to TQM by using Grounded Theory research methods to fulfil the primary aim of the paper. The data includes longitudinal interviews; practitioner reflexivity; social constructionist groups; critical action learning teams and multiple and longitudinal cases, which was analysed and integrated using quality-based rules within Grounded Theory.

Item Type:Journal article
Faculties and Schools:Ulster Business School > Department of Management and Leadership
Ulster Business School
Research Institutes and Groups:Business and Management Research Institute
ID Code:11061
Deposited By: Professor Paul Humphreys
Deposited On:01 Feb 2010 09:38
Last Modified:08 Oct 2012 11:14

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