Quality Management in Small and Medium Sized Enterprises
Paper in proceedings, 2009
Traditionally, the main focus of research of Quality Management has been on larger organizations. While these are important, so are the SMEs which are crucial to the national economy. However, there is no larger adoption of improvement processes in these smaller companies, even though studies suggest that Quality Management is implementable in smaller companies as well as in larger ones. Due to differences in characteristics, such as available resources, between SMEs and larger organizations, there seems to be a need for distinct treatment of SMEs.
This paper reviews literature on QM implementation in SMEs. It synthesizes advices into six main categories: Involve external support, Involve employees, Implement gradually with realistic goals, Involve management, Track performance and benchmark, and Contextualize to the organization. The paper discusses the need for individual approaches for each SME when designing an improvement program, as well as the feasibility of a general approach when compared to larger organisations.
Critical implementation factors
Small and Medium Sized Enterprises (SME)