February 18, 2011

deming's theory, the ultimate focus?

Vagelis asked me to suppose Deming was an employee and he presented his opinions to his boss, what was the possible consequence? It is really an interesting question which can generate lots of discussion and ideas. Will he be fired? Could be, who knows? Paul asked us whether it was useful to study something that was incompatible to our culture. I think Vagelis' question is helpful in answering Pual's doubt. Deming is kind of the God in management in many western countries, but does his opinions totally compatible to western companies? Take "drive out fear" for example, is there any leader in western companies who leads his followers without fear? Maybe, but only a few of them. I can see in many western companies, employees are still paid for performance and leaders usually scold their followers. Western leaders and companies are not doing what Deming suggested but trying to do or trying to achieve Deming's theory. Come back China, I agree many leaders behave different as Deming asked, they scold their people, set numeric targets and slogans all the time. But does it indicate they oppose Deming? I don't think so. I believe most of leaders in China tend to support him. It is because of the environment, the situation that don't allow leaders in China to put the ideal theory into practice and most western companies have the same problems, I'm sure. In my point of view, Deming's theory is kind of communism, it is wonderful, grateful but how difficult it is to totally achieve it! Most of the time, it is just the guideline, the ultimate focus that leads all companies.

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  1. I cannot resist in commenting in blog that speaks about Deming.

    Western world is far away from what Deming said. That is true and i will totally agree. Regarding the corellation of Deming and comunism i will not agree. I believe in left political views but Deming is something different. He has created his own way. Yes we can say that is closer to the left political views but i think is somthing more. Like something improved….....

    18 Feb 2011, 21:14

  2. Hi Vagelis, perhaps I didn’t express myself clearly. I don’t mean that Deming’s theory and communist are the same. I just wanted to make a comparison and definitely, they are different. In our view, communist is an ideal world, it is kind of our dream and we call it as our ultimate focus. Deming also wished to create an ideal world in management but this perfect world is difficult to come true. His theory is sort of the ultimate focus in management if you support Deming. That’s why I put them together.

    20 Feb 2011, 11:40

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