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Dewar (1984) defines Quality Circles as "a group of people who voluntarily meet together on a regular basis to identify, analyze, and solve quality and other problems in their area" (p. 5). A review of the literature indicates that the Quality Circle concept is similar to participatory management or Theory Z management. Crisci, (1983), and Torrance, (1982) has identified Japan as having been given substantial credit for originating the Quality Circle movement. However, history tells us that two Americans, Dr. W.E. Deming and Dr. J.M. Juran were sent to Japan following World War II to help Japanese manufacturers develop methods of producing quality products and therefore began that country's recovery procedure on solid footing.

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Master of Arts in Education


Department of Educational Administration and Counseling

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Robert H. Decker


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