Victor E. Sower

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Purpose – The purposes of this study are to examine the relationship between the distribution of quality costs and the level of maturity of an organization’s quality system, to assess the extent to which effective COQ systems and maturing quality systems affect organization performance, and to determine why some organizations do not utilize COQ systems.(More)
Using a combination of qualitative and quantitative research methodologies, this study identifies the dimensions of hospital service quality, operationalizes the dimensions, and develops an instrument to measure patient satisfaction. This instrument, the Key Quality Characteristics Assessment for Hospitals (KQCAH) scale, was developed using input from 12(More)
This article examines the issue of implementing TQM/CQI programs in the health care industry by grouping the prescriptive literature into four research streams. Based on the literature, a strategic programming model for implementing TQM/CQI in the health care industry is suggested. Finally, issues relating to TQM in the health care sector, which need to be(More)
This study examines the impact of RFID technology utilization on organizational agility in manufacturing firms. Data from a sample of 328 manufacturers were collected and the model was assessed following a structural equation methodology. Findings indicate that adoption of RFID technology utilization directly and positively impacts organizational agility(More)
Quality programs that focus on continuous improvement are vital in providing incremental improvement of processes, products, and services in an existing technological paradigm. These programs view quality as being measurable in some quantitative way. Breakthrough improvement that leads to development of new paradigms requires thinking of quality in a(More)
This paper examines existing models relating national cultural values to individual ethical behavior and proposes the inclusion of demographic moderator variables such as gender, age, work experience, religiosity, and immigration to increase external validity of studies based on the models. Israel is used to illustrate the potential importance of the(More)
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