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QBOK® Subsystem: Strategic Identification of Topics

To help facilitate the continual advancement of the body of knowledge on quality, ASQ engages in the strategic identification of emerging topics for research and content development.  

About the Process

Purpose: In addition to contributing to the advancement of quality knowledge, the strategic identification of topics helps set the future direction for ASQ content development and unite content-producing groups around common themes.

Key activities:

  • Scan the landscape to identify new ideas, tools, and concepts that can have an impact on the way people and organizations approach quality improvement
  • Prioritize emerging topics for exploration and development 
  • Issue calls for research and content development
  • Assess changes to the QBOK framework of topics 

Frequency: Topics are assessed annually 

Suppliers, inputs, process, outputs, and customers:

QBOK Future Topics Subsystem

Current Topics of Interest

Here's a look at topics that are gaining in relevance and influence in the quality community in 2016.

TopicKey resources and starting points
Complexity/complex systems theory Complexity Theory Simplifies Choices
(PDF, open access), QP
Accelerated change/accelerated improvement Change Ability 
(open access), QP
Culture of quality Portfolio summary: resources on culture

Submit a Topic for Consideration

What topics or focus areas does ASQ need to pursue to keep quality knowledge advancing? If you are aware of topics that are newly emerging or gaining new relevance for quality, please email them to  

Before completing your submission, you may wish to review the current structure of the Quality Body of Knowledge to see how the topic might fit in.

What Happens Next?

  • Topics collected by the end of 2016 will be assessed
  • Candidates for exploration will be listed in the above table during quarter 1 2017 

More QBOK Processes

QBOK Stewardship ModelSee more subsystems in the
QBOK management system

- Content acquisition

- Intellectual property portfolio management

- Content distribution

- Voice of the customer (VoC) management




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