May 23, 1992 |
Dr. W. Edwards Deming, 91, is the kind of fellow who would gladly stride into a room filled with geniuses and tell them in his firm, curmudgeonly voice that everything they know is wrong. Deming's ideas of business management--based on the systems theory tradition made most popular in this country by Fritjof Capra and his book, "The Tao of Physics"--have been as revered in the Japanese corporate world as they have been obscure in his native land. His message: U.S.
December 21, 1993 |
W. Edwards Deming, the American quality control guru revered by the Japanese for helping them become the global symbol of industrial reliability, died early Monday at the age of 93. Deming, who suffered from cancer, died peacefully in his sleep at his Washington home, an aide said.
December 22, 1993 |
The late W. Edwards Deming's theories of quality control and management technique are followed most closely by industrial companies. But the teachings of the theorist, who died Monday at age 93, had a profound impact on at least one Orange County home building company. In an industry where the most prevalent leadership style is, "Hey! It's my company and I can run it any way I want," Deming's approach made sense to Peter Ochs and Keith Johnson, co-founders of Fieldstone Co.
August 22, 2006
Re "Boeing Moves to Close Plant," Aug. 19 The looming closure of Boeing in Long Beach is more evidence of why Wall Street is bad for business. There was a time when Boeing was the best at what it did: making new airplanes that were better than anyone else's. That all changed with deregulation and management's new concern with short-term profits. Wall Street did not approve of Boeing's deep investment in research and development, nor of its deep reliance on government. Now, companies can be dismantled and cannibalized in a moment just to make shareholders and stock analysts happy.
May 26, 1992 |
"Economists have taken us down the wrong road," harrumphed business analyst W. Edwards Deming on PBS' Sunday broadcast of "The Deming of America." The United States isn't training its work force, he adds, and U.S. companies are self-destructing by thinking only three months, not three decades. If he tuned into PBS starting tonight, Deming would find one economist who agrees with him--Robert B. Reich, whose four-hour "Made in America?" (tonight and Wednesday, 7-9 p.m., KVCR Channel 24; 8-10 p.m.
November 15, 1988 |
President Reagan on Monday recognized the winners of a new national business award for quality control, saying their accomplishments helped America become more competitive in world markets. The first Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, to be presented annually, was presented to Motorola Inc. and Westinghouse Electric Corp.'s commercial nuclear fuel division in the manufacturing category, and to Globe Metallurgical Inc. of Beverly, Ohio, in the small company category.