Title: Knowledge management and performance improvement: the roles of statistics and mathematics

Authors: Kongkiti Phusavat, Pornthep Anussornnitisarn, Pattanaorn Tangkapaisarn, Pekka Kess

Addresses: International Graduate Program in Industrial Engineering, Department of Industrial Engineering, Kasetsart University, Bangkok 10900, Thailand. ' International Graduate Program in Industrial Engineering, Department of Industrial Engineering, Kasetsart University, Bangkok 10900, Thailand. ' International Graduate Program in Industrial Engineering, Department of Industrial Engineering, Kasetsart University, Bangkok 10900, Thailand. ' Department of Industrial Engineering and Management, University of Oulu, P.O. Box 4610, 90014, Finland

Abstract: The study proposes a recommendation that links knowledge management and performance improvement. The company that is under study allows this recommendation to take place at its Foundry Group (FG). The recommendation is designed to help the FG overcome the concerns on the demonstration of a compliance for ISO 9001:2000 (regarding Requirement 8, which deals with performance measurement, analysis and improvement) and the illustration of a commitment to the Thailand Quality Award or TQA (with regard to Category 4, which deals with performance measurement, analysis and knowledge management). This recommendation relies on the extensive use of statistics and mathematics. The findings, together with the FG management team, encourage a shift in the group|s paradigm on their existing customers and the roles of its sales workforce. Finally, the study shows that ISO 9001:2000 compliance and the TQA commitment can be concurrently achieved. The feedback from two external experts also supports this notion.

Keywords: management process; performance improvement; knowledge management; statistics; mathematics; ISO 9001:2000; quality management; ISO 9000; quality standards; Thailand Quality Award; foundry.

DOI: 10.1504/IJIL.2009.023293

International Journal of Innovation and Learning, 2009 Vol.6 No.3, pp.306 - 322

Available online: 17 Feb 2009

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