Definition of quality circle in English:

quality circle


  • A group of employees who meet regularly to consider ways of resolving problems and improving production in their organization.

    • ‘Another study reported: ‘In a number of cases we studied, the CEO of the company had seen a TV program or read a magazine article praising quality circles and decided to give them a try.’’
    • ‘The coverage is comprehensive, ranging from quality circles and other problem-solving groups through teams, representation on boards of directors, works councils, and producers' cooperatives.’
    • ‘According to these accounts, technology and social change are working together to create wondrous new organizational configurations such as learning communities, quality circles, virtual teams, communities of practice.’
    • ‘I was aware that quality circles at Weyerhaeuser had been formed to generate ways for employees ‘to work smarter rather than harder.’’
    • ‘This resulted in a variety of initiatives including the formation of quality circles and focus groups, both in house and with customers, together with customer satisfaction surveys.’
    • ‘These include gainsharing, profit sharing, stock options, quality circles, lean production, post-fordism, flexibility, flex-time, and of course, ESOPS.’
    • ‘Similar initiatives exist in other countries and are known as quality circles, pharmacotherapy discussion groups, or pharmacotherapy consultation groups.’
    • ‘Schools within the same district, with similar background, or within the same quality circle should be encouraged to explore how inservice training resources can best be pooled.’
    • ‘They had worked on quality improvement through the quality circle programme and most had been employed with the company long enough to have experienced the culture change brought about since the New Deal.’
    • ‘Organizations routinely adopt programs intended to improve performance, such as quality circles, only to abandon them when the programs fail to live up to their promise, resulting in waves of adoption and abandonment.’
    • ‘There are many terms in the literature for workforce teams such as empowered and re-empowered teams, self-managed teams, and quality circles.’
    • ‘These include job rotation, teamwork, a single status for blue and white-collar workers, and employee involvement through means such as quality circles and team briefings.’
    • ‘For example, the incidence of quality circles in Osterman's survey was 57.4% in 1997; in the present study the incidence of quality circles was 57%.’
    • ‘The idea of quality circles was to motivate people better through involvement.’
    • ‘Finally, a survey of 5,817 U.S. firms conducted in 1993 found profit sharing positively related to an index of alternative work practices such as work teams and quality circles.’
    • ‘The main interventions included the introduction of quality circles and surveillance activities.’
    • ‘Examining the growth and decline of articles written about quality circles, they show that a small set of gurus and outlets develop ideas that flow to managers and then are picked up by consultants and educators.’