ASQ Global State of Quality Research to Identify Corporate Progress and Challenges, in the 21st Century

ASQ Global State of Quality Research to Identify Corporate Progress and
Challenges, in the 21st Century

MILWAUKEE, Wis., Nov. 2, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- via PRWEB - ASQ, the leading
authority on quality in all fields, organizations and industries, is launching
a first-of-its-kind survey that will provide a comprehensive view on the
current state -- and future opportunities -- of quality and continuous
improvement around the world.

The ASQ Global State of Quality Research project will assemble data and case
studies to help organizations worldwide benchmark their use of and results
from quality and continuous improvement tools, techniques, and management
systems. The unprecedented research will identify progress and success, as
well as challenges and opportunities companies, industry sectors and regions
face as they implement and track the results of quality improvement and
performance excellence initiatives.

The Global State of Quality report will help organizations compare their
quality processes, programs and resource to other companies within their
industry, region and economic sectors. The research plan will encompass data
gathered from corporations in at least 16 countries, representing at least 80
percent of the global gross domestic product.

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Initial results will be unveiled in May 2013, at ASQ's World Conference on
Quality and Improvement in Indianapolis, Ind., U.S.A.

The project was launched as part of World Quality Month, an annual, worldwide
celebration of quality and its impact in the world. World Quality Month is
observed by ASQ and a host of leading quality organizations, professional
societies and academic programs each November.
ASQ CEO Paul Borawski pointed to the importance and impact of the forthcoming
research, and its timely fielding, beginning this month.

"World Quality Month is a time to celebrate quality and an opportunity to look
ahead to the future of the quality community, its growth and prominence in
business and industry," Borawski said. "The ASQ Global State of Quality
Research project will enhance the awareness and understanding of how quality
tools, techniques and processes advance business today, and in our future,
around the world. ASQ is honored to take a leadership role in the worldwide
celebration, and in this new worldwide research to make the case for quality."

To conduct and manage the research and report, ASQ is partnering with APQC, a
leader in research, benchmarking, process improvement and knowledge
management. APQC methodologies have proven successful in a variety of
industries, including business, education, health care and government.

The inaugural project is sponsored by ASQ Enterprise Quality Roundtable
Members Abbott Laboratories, CareFusion, The Coca-Cola Company, Tata Group and
Xerox Corp. In addition to the ASQ Enterprise members collaboration, the
project is being supported by the European Organization for Quality, German
Society for Quality, Slovenian Quality and Excellence Association, Regional
Program of Quality and Productivity, Israel Society for Quality, Portuguese
Association for Quality, Finnish Quality Association, Chartered Quality
Institute, Czech Society for Quality and Ukrainian Association for Quality.

About World Quality Month

World Quality Month is an annual celebration that acknowledges the efforts and
accomplishments of the global quality community, showcasing how quality makes
a difference in the world. ASQ, its many World Partner organizations, quality
thought leaders, and stakeholders in the global quality community commemorated
the inaugural World Quality Month in November 2010. For more information,

About ASQ

ASQ is a global community of people dedicated to quality who share the ideas
and tools that make our world work better. With millions of individual and
organizational members of the community in 150 countries, ASQ has the
reputation and reach to bring together the diverse quality champions who are
transforming the world's corporations, organizations and communities to meet
tomorrow's critical challenges. ASQ is headquartered in Milwaukee, Wis., with
national service centers in China, India and Mexico. Learn more about ASQ's
members, mission, technologies and training at

About APQC

APQC is a member-based nonprofit and one of the world's leading proponents of
benchmarking, best practices, and knowledge management. Working with more than
500 member organizations worldwide in all industries, APQC provides
organizations with the information they need to work smarter, faster, and with
greater confidence. Visit us at or call +1 (713) 681-4020
for more information.

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CONTACT: American Society for Quality
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