Tools and Techniques of Quality Management: An Empirical Investigation of Their Impact on Performance

V. R. Kannan
K. C. Tan
R. B. Handfield
S. Ghosh


An investigation of quality management at an operational rather than a strategic level is described. Using a survey of senior quality personnel, data were collected on four aspects of quality: management; quality tools; documentation; and the dimensions of quality that companies measure. Regression analysis confirms suggestions in the literature that company performance is positively affected by a culture in which quality is ingrained. Moreover, it identifies positive relationships between several widely used operational practices and company performance.