Thirteen. The Quality Movement

  1. George E. P. Box

Published Online: 25 MAR 2013

DOI: 10.1002/9781118514948.ch13

An Accidental Statistician: The Life and Memories of George E.P.Box

An Accidental Statistician: The Life and Memories of George E.P.Box

How to Cite

Box, G. E. P. (2013) The Quality Movement, in An Accidental Statistician: The Life and Memories of George E.P.Box, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, USA. doi: 10.1002/9781118514948.ch13

Author Information

  1. Department of Statistics, University of Madison—Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 25 MAR 2013
  2. Published Print: 12 APR 2013

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781118400883

Online ISBN: 9781118514948

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Keywords:

  • Bill Hunter;
  • Japan;
  • Madison;
  • quality movement;
  • statistical procedures;
  • United States

Summary

Bill Hunter and the author were very interested in the quality movement from its earliest days, and Bill was closely involved in bringing its techniques to the city of Madison. Immediately after the Second World War, Japanese industry had been in ruins, and the United States was anxious to help Japan get back on its feet. As part of this effort, two leading experts from the United States, Dr. W. Edwards Deming and Dr. Joseph M. Juran went to Japan to lecture on quality control. They examined them in detail and presented a number of research reports. Once in Japan, they learned about quality improvement processes, as well as about training and education, at seven Japanese manufacturing companies, and in particular at Toyota. Growing interest in quality improvement methods inspired scientists working in industry to learn all they could about the most effective and efficient statistical procedures.