TQM practices and its association with production workers


Ooi, Keng-Boon and Arumugam, Veeri and Teh, Pei-Lee and Chong, Alain Yee-Loong (2008) TQM practices and its association with production workers. Industrial Management & Data Systems, 108 (7). pp. 909-927. ISSN 0263-5577

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Purpose - The purpose of this paper is to investigate the multidimensionality of total quality management (TQM) practices and its relationship with production workers' job satisfaction in the Malaysian electrical and electronics (E&E) industry context. Design/methodology/approach - Data for this study were collected using a self-administered questionnaire that was distributed to 520 production workers in three major E&E organizations in Malaysia. Of the 520 questionnaires posted, 173 usable questionnaires were returned, yielding a response rate of 33.26 percent. The correlation and multiple regression analyses were applied to test the theoretical model and the relationship between TQM practices and job satisfaction. Findings - The results revealed that not all TQM practices enhanced production workers' job satisfaction. Only organization culture and teamwork showed a positive relationship with the production workers' job satisfaction. It was found that when teamwork was perceived as a dominant TQM practice, improvement in production workers' job satisfaction levels was significant. Practical implications - The findings prescribed potential implications for top management to review their TQM dimensions, consistent with the training needs of the employees within the organizations. Hence, production workers will be more likely to perform better and to feel a higher level of satisfaction towards the organizations. Originality/value - The study has contributed in advancing the TQM literature with a better understanding of the multidimensionality of TQM practices and its association with production workers' job satisfaction that would facilitate more quality management research in developing countries.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: T Technology > T Technology (General)
Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA71-90 Instruments and machines > QA75.5-76.95 Electronic computers. Computer science
Divisions: Faculty of Engineering and Technology (FET)
Depositing User: Ms Suzilawati Abu Samah
Date Deposited: 19 Sep 2011 03:27
Last Modified: 19 Sep 2011 03:27
URII: http://shdl.mmu.edu.my/id/eprint/2821


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