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International Journal of Productivity and Quality Management
International Journal of Productivity and Quality Management


Special Issue on: "Total Quality Management and Sustainable Development"

Guest Editors:
Barbara Marchetti, Università degli studi eCampus, Italy
Filippo Emanuele Ciarapica and Claudia Paciarotti, Università Politecnica delle Marche, Italy

Today the majority of companies are faced with intense pressure from global competition, and there is a need for these organisations to consider incorporating the idea of sustainability in total quality management (TQM) in order to sustain their competitive advantage and continuous improvement.

Business, through local and international trade, has a profound impact on the ability of a culture to provide for basic human needs and other goods and services. Therefore, commerce and how it conducts itself internally and interacts with its operating environment is axial to the success of sustainable development (SD).

Long-term business management requires the successful management of losses and gains; and so it is with sustainable development. Sustainable development can be defined as the management of losses and gains resulting from the degradation of environmental factors that affect the ability of life – any life – to survive, now or in the future. The "winners and losers" of environmental impact are often defined by the decisions made directly by those entities conducting commerce.

This special Issue is open to researchers throughout the world who are interested in studying and applying advanced research in finding synergies between TQM and SD, in creating process models for implementing SD practices in a TQM management system and, more generally, in comparing and combining values, methodologies and tools from TQM and SD.

Subject Coverage
Suitable topics include but are not limited to:

  • Values, methodologies and tools for TQM and SD
  • Process-based system models for enhancing TQM-SD synergies
  • External and internal drivers and enablers for implementing sustainability oriented TQM
  • Process-based change models for SD implementation
  • Assessment of SD performance level of companies
  • Incorporation of environmentally sound practices into the quality system
  • Case studies on TQM and SD

Notes for Prospective Authors

Submitted papers should not have been previously published nor be currently under consideration for publication elsewhere. (N.B. Conference papers may only be submitted if the paper has been completely re-written and if appropriate written permissions have been obtained from any copyright holders of the original paper).

All papers are refereed through a peer review process. Have a look at our Author guidelines and read our detailed information on Preparing articles.

You may send abstracts and full papers in the form of an MS Word file attached to an email to the following:

Barbara Marchetti
Università degli studi eCampus
Via Isimbardi 10
Novedrate (CO), 22060

Filippo Emanuele Ciarapica
Università Politecnica delle Marche
Dipartimento di Ingegneria Industriale e Scienze Matematiche
Via Brecce Bianche

Claudia Paciarotti
Università Politecnica delle Marche
Dipartimento di Energetica
Via Brecce Bianche 1
60100 Ancona

Important Dates

Deadline for submission of full manuscripts: 15 October, 2013

Provision of first round decision to authors: 15 January, 2014

Deadline for submission of revised manuscripts: 15 April, 2014

Provision of final decisions: 15 June, 2014