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ISSN : 2005-0461(Print)
ISSN : 2287-7975(Online)
Journal of Society of Korea Industrial and Systems Engineering Vol.41 No.2 pp.133-140

The Effect of QM Activities on the Management Results of Small and Medium sized Enterprises in South Korea

S. I. Jung*, J. H. Kwon*, H. S. Oh**, S. J. Lee**, J. H. Cho*
*School of I. E, Kumoh Nat’l Institute of Technology
**Dept. of IME, Hannam University
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In this study, a correlation between execution of quality management activities and their results was verified by applying the Malcolm Baldrige model (hereafter referred to as the MB model) as a quality management performance measurement indicator for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in South Korea. To achieve this goal, we need to determine whether the categorical requirements in the MB model are recognized consistently in SMEs, as a prerequisite. To this end, factor analysis was conducted for measurement variables in each category, which revealed that the process indicator was made up of six factors and the outcome indicator was made up of five factors, like those configured in the MB model. This result can be interpreted to mean that the requirements in each category of the MB model were well produced and recognized consistently throughout SMEs in South Korea. In addition, the analysis of causality between the process indicator (quality management activities) and the outcome indicator (management results) showed high causality between them. Although the quality management levels of SMEs in South Korea are inferior to those of conglomerates or other national quality award-winning companies, this study is significant in that the causality between quality management activities and results was verified, since this study targeted SMEs in South Korea as the target of investigation. Thus, it is empirically proven that the MB model can contribute to improved management results for SMEs in Korea.

품질경영활동이 중소기업 경영성과에 미치는 영향

정수일*, 권정훈*, 오현승**, 이세재*, 조진형*
*금오공과대학교 산업공학부
**한남대학교 산업경영공학과