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ERIC Number: ED401635
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Nov
Pages: 28
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Deming's System of Profound Knowledge: An Overview for International Educators.
Evans, Thomas J.
W. Edwards Deming called for the transformation to a new style of organizational management based on greater cooperation between managers and employees. This transformation could be achieved by introducing "profound knowledge" into the system. This paper is a presentation outline that was used to introduce the basics of Deming's theory of organizational improvement to a group of teachers and administrators associated with the Association of Bilingual Schools of Honduras. Because Deming's Fourteen Points for Management embody the components of profound knowledge, application of the points is necessary for achieving system transformation and more effective management. The aim of transformation is to change the prevailing style of management. Profound knowledge is composed of four interrelated concepts: (1) organization members' appreciation for systems thinking; (2) knowledge about variation within systems; (3) a conceptualized theory of knowledge; and (4) an understanding of psychology. Five figures that were used as overhead transparencies to highlight key concepts are included. Appendices summarize Deming's theoretical perspective. (Contains 6 references and a list of 32 related readings.) (LMI)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Information Analyses
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Language: English
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