The Role of Purchasing and Materials Management in Total Quality Management and Customer Satisfaction

Joseph R. Carter, Ram Narasimhan

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Abstract

Total quality management (TQM) is both a philosophy and a set of guiding principles that represent the foundation for continuous organizational improvement. TQM is the application of not only quantitative methods but also human resource management principles to improve the materials and services supplied to an organization, all the processes within that organization, and the degree to which the needs of customers are met. The research discussed in this article integrates the concepts, ideas, and findings that have emerged from ongoing multi‐phase studies of purchasing's role in TQM. From this research, sponsored by the Center for Advanced Purchasing Studies (CAPS), the investigators have developed several ideas about what purchasing organizations should do to attain total quality management goals.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2-13
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Supply Chain Management
Volume30
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 1994
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Management Information Systems
  • Marketing
  • Information Systems
  • Economics, Econometrics and Finance (miscellaneous)

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