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Exploring the connection between quality management and brain functioning
University West, Department of Engineering Science, Division of Process and Product Development.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-5545-5457
Maharishi University of Management, Center for Brain, Consciousness and Cognition, Fairfield, IN, United States.
2015 (English)In: The TQM Journal, ISSN 1754-2731, E-ISSN 1754-274X, Vol. 27, no 5, 565-575 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to explore possible connections between brain functioning and quality management. Design/methodology/approach: Five central principles regarding brain functioning according to neuroscience are conceptually described and related to principles and major concepts in quality management with a special emphasis on Deming’s system of profound knowledge. Findings: The principles are shown to be related in a profound way. The first principle of coherence is closely related to appreciation for a system. The principle of homeostatic feedback loops concerns events that disturb the equilibrium of a system and is related to knowledge about variation. Neural plasticity is related to a theory of knowledge. The last two principles involve emotional and cognitive contributions to decision-making. They are closely related to the element psychology and one of them could lead to a further development of Deming’s system of profound knowledge. Research limitations/implications: The paper adds to the understanding of the role brain integration has for success in quality management efforts. A limitation is that it is difficult to localise higher-order thinking in brain function. Nonetheless, the research is indicative and provocative as a window to stimulate research into the fundamental basis of quality management success. Practical implications: The findings provide a deeper understanding of profound knowledge in quality management through relating it to how the brain is functioning, which is of value for quality managers and leaders striving for excellence for their organisations. Originality/value: The connection of brain principles with Deming’s profound knowledge has not been elaborated in the literature before. © Emerald Group Publishing Limited.

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2015. Vol. 27, no 5, 565-575 p.
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Coherent light, Decision making, Neurology, Brain integration, Deming’s profound knowledge, Design/methodology/approach, Higher-order thinkings, Neural plasticity, Neuroscience, Organizational learning, Quality managers, Quality management
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Neurology
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ENGINEERING, Quality management
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hv:diva-8609DOI: 10.1108/TQM-08-2013-0093Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84938816242OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hv-8609DiVA: diva2:874747
Available from: 2015-11-27 Created: 2015-11-01 Last updated: 2015-11-30Bibliographically approved

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