Column: Worldview: Quality Management Challenges In Romania

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Like other former communist countries, Romania today faces two main challenges: the transition to democracy, a free market economy and an information society as well as integration into Western European and Euro-Atlantic structures. After 1960, hundreds of Romanian companies, especially large and medium-sized and all state owned ones, introduced so-called "state quality control" as an expression of a passive-repressive approach to quality. After the fall of Nicolae Ceausescu's autocratic and self-sufficient regime in 1989, this authoritarian approach was immediately abandoned and the "quality police" dismantled. A transitional governmental agency, the National Commission for Standardization, Metrology and Quality (employing over 3,000 people), was created in 1990 to develop necessary legislative and institutional …

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