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Title: Some strategies for improving the present state of quality control methods in Venezuelan metalworking industries
Author: Morillo, Gerardo Z.
Awarding Body: University of Aston in Birmingham
Current Institution: Aston University
Date of Award: 1981
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The title of this thesis seeks to indicate its objective. In fact, it is basically intended to explore the problems that arise from designing, developing and introducing Quality Control (QC) systems in the Venezuelan metalworking industry and to examine the method by which managers deal with such problems. Particular attention is given to the analysis of the quality problems in the smaller industries. Due mainly to the interdisciplinary and complex nature of the research project undertaken - in which a comprehensive study was made of the interrelations and constraints of the technical, human and economic factors in the design of a national strategy on quality - it was found appropriate to adopt the "systems approach" in this study. Firstly, it was applied to define QC as an integral part of Production Management and secondly, to formulate some strategies on quality in the Venezuelan metalworking sector. Apart from the lack of quality consciousness, adequate educational and training programmes, skilled manpower, shortage of energy and other natural and financial resources, among others, the choice of technology is the most critical problem facing any developing country. After analysing the appropriateness of the concept of Intermediate Technology (which in essence is that the increasing, complex, highly sophisticated, capital-intensive, large-scale and labour eliminating technologies of the highly industrialized countries are generally inappropriate for many developing countries) as a means to pursue industrialization in developing nations, it is argued that a new approach is needed in order to meet the new demands and to establish an effective and economic control of quality of manufactured products, which are obtained by using such technologies. The practical implications of the term 'Intermediate Quality Control' are discussed, and later it is shown that in most of the cases this quality technology stands between inspection-orientated QC and total QC. On the basis of such analytical study, and also taking into consideration the results of a field work study carried out by the author in Venezuela, some recommendations are made on the appropriate aims and content of management QCimprovements and development strategies for raising the level of quality in Venezuelais manufacture and production.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: Production Processes