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Quality is a form of management that is composed of the double approach of driving an organization towards excellence, while conforming to estab- lished standards and laws. The objective of quality confers advantages to companies: it makes them more resilient to change that can be unexpected or even chaotic; it makes them more competitive by identifying those steps in processes that do not offer added value. No longer the concern of a small community of experts, even scientists and engineers working in the private sector will find that they will have to con- front questions related to quality management in their day-to-day profes- sional lives. This volume offers such people an unique entry into the universe of quality management, providing not only a cartography of quality stan- dards and their modes of application – with particular attention to the ISO standards – but also a broader cultural context, with chapters on the history, prizes, deontology and moral implications of systems of quality manage- ment. This book thus opens the door to all those eager to take the first steps to learning how the principles of quality are organized today, and how they can be applied to his or her own activity.


  • Foreword
  • The Environment of Quality
  • The Approach to Quality: Concepts and Definitions
  • History of Quality
  • The ISO 9000 Family of Quality Management Systems.
  • Quality Management in Laboratories
  • Safety of the Food Supply Chain and ISO 22000.
  • The Off-shoots of ISO
  • Total Quality, Personalities who Stand Out
  • Total Quality Management: Awards
  • The Toyota Way and the Toyota Production System (TPS)
  • Total Quality and the Six Sigma Approach
  • Moral and Ethical Issues
  • Deontology of Professions and Functions
  • Environmental Management and the ISO 14000 family
  • Social Responsibility of Organizations and ISO 26000


Publisher: EPFL Press English Imprint

Author(s): Michel Jaccard

Collection: Management of Technology

Published: 24 april 2013

Edition: 1st edition

Media: Book

Pages count Book: 448

Format (in mm) Book: 160 x 240

Weight (in grammes): 920

Language(s): English

EAN13 Book: 9782940222650

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