publication . Article . 1986

Quality Improvement and Learning in Productive Systems

Charles H. Fine;
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  • Published: 01 Jan 1986 Journal: Management Science, volume 32, issue 10 October, pages 1,301-1,315
Abstract
Recent interest in product quality suggests that effort devoted to improving the quality of manufactured products may reduce unit costs. This conjecture-that improving quality can lower costs-challenges the traditional assumption that unit costs increase with increased quality assurance activities and has significant implications for quality management. By introducing the idea of a quality-based learning curve, this paper links the previously disjoint literatures of quality control and learning curves to explain why high quality and low costs need not be inconsistent. When costs are affected by a quality-based learning curve, product quality favorably influences...
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free text keywords: quality control, production/scheduling: work studies and learning, finance: investment criteria [reliability], Management Science and Operations Research, Strategy and Management, Economics, Quality policy, Learning curve, Interest rate, media_common.quotation_subject, media_common, Quality assurance, business.industry, business, Microeconomics, Production control, Cost reduction, Quality management, Critical to quality
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publication . Article . 1986

Quality Improvement and Learning in Productive Systems

Charles H. Fine;