Edwards Deming Biography

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Dr. William Edwards Deming is said to be the father of the modern quality movement or the third phase of the Industrial Revolution. He was a teacher and an eminent scholar for more than half a century in America, Japan and many other countries. He published a magnitude of articles, papers and books with his teachings and theories from statistical variance, to human psychology, and to systems to systems thinking. He consulted for businesses around the world in public governments and in private sectors of powerful corporations. One of his most known for consults was that of Japans businesses. He was the guiding light to the spectacular rise of the Japanese industry following World War II. He is also admired for his work in the American automobile industry in the late 1980s. Deming’s vision set the bar for the way we think about quality, management and leadership. His beliefs and teachings along with other combined knowledge have turned quality management into Business Process Management. He lived on a path of continual improvement for high quality through systems thinking. He lived a long live full of transformational contributions still used today. First, we will discuss his path beginning with a short timeline. Then we will end with his philosophy, theories and teachings and their impact on the world. Timeline: 1900-1926 Deming was born on October, 14 1900 in Sioux Falls, Iowa. He grew up on a farm in Powell, Wyoming where the community had a habit of thrift and hatred to waste. His beliefs stride from his frontier upbringing in Powell with the importance of people, the value of cooperation, and the deadliness of waste. He believed that you should do your best, continually seek improvement for your best, and support those around ... ... middle of paper ... ...a fellow of the American Statistical Association and served as its president in 1945, a fellow of the Institute of Mathematical Statistics, and an honorary fellow of the Royal Statistical Society. The W. Edwards Deming Institute, chaired by his daughter Diana Deming Cahill, was incorporated in November 1993 to fulfill Deming's wish that his teachings be preserved intact and not be lost in the general flow of Total Quality Management (TQM). Columbia University has a Deming Center where students are taught his methods. Fordham University has the Deming Scholars MBA Program, an 18-month program that integrates Deming's principles with the conventional MBA curriculum. For those programs, for his ideas and teaching and the profound changes they have caused, and for the many areas where changes of this kind are still needed, will Deming be remembered for a long time.

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