Is quality a global phenomenon, or does it have a national identity? That was the question put to ASQ’s Influential Voices blogging group in January. At ASQ we often talk about “quality going global”—should it and does it? (We, of course, believe that it should.) If so, how is quality knowledge best shared worldwide? Here’s what ASQ’s bloggers had to say:
Anshuman Tiwari makes the case that quality needs a better global presence. Manu Vora writes about the specifics of why, what, and how of making quality more global. Pam Schodt writes that globalization is a fact of life in many industries; so why not in quality? Nicole Radziwill states that it’s not a matter of quality “going global”–quality has always been global. Edwin Garro, too, writes that quality is universal and belongs to everyone.
Lotto Lai shares some perspectives on globalization from the Hong Kong Society of Quality. Luciana Paulise writes about the future of quality in Latin American small businesses. Jimena Calfa references ASQ’s own Global State of Quality research in her discussion.
Scott Rutherford writes about the importance of making the Quality Body of Knowledge® (QBoK) global and accessible to all. John Hunter also makes the case for making the QBoK open access. Sunk Kaushik asks if we need a social network specifically for quality professionals to share knowledge.
Jennifer Stepniowski writes about the challenges of making quality knowledge global and expanding ASQ’s global presence. Aimee Siegler, a former ASQ board member, remembers her role in helping ASQ “go global.” Dan Zrymiak also blogs about ASQ’s challenges of meeting global needs, arguing that quality is already global.
In the end, says Bob Mitchell, “Regardless where the the products are developed, fundamental quality principles are bedrock.”