deming 7 deadly diseases of management

Deming’s 7 deadly diseases of management and one advantage and disadvantage each

Quality is defined as the degree or standard of excellence or fitness for purpose as according to the Institute of Food Science and Technology(IFST). Deming’s seven(7) deadly diseases of management emphasizes on the barriers that management come across in running their organizations. Noted below are Deming’s seven(7)deadly diseases of management,their advantages and shortcomings.

1.Lack of  constancy of purpose to plan product and service that will have a market and keep the company in business and provide jobs. 

Management have short term goals for the organizations. For this, products in the market would not earn an extra income to the organization in its growth stage.Thus,due to the failure of
management to have long term planning strategies,work erefforts will be inefficiency. Therefore, long-term planning and goals should be the number one priority of any management in an organization.

Constancy of purpose to plan product and service propels the organization and its workers to
produce effectively and efficiently.

Lack of purpose to plan product and services loses the unique branding of the organizations

Emphasis on short term profits
Emphasis on short term profits is when share holders puts much pressure on managers for their
early dividends.This creates rush in management to respond to short term profits by cutting off
any expense related to long term training.

Short term profits are boosted easily.

The organization will not earn that much as compared to a competitor who emphasizes on long
term profits.

2. Personal review systems or evaluation of performance,merit rating, annual review, etc. for people in management, the effect of which are devastating.

Management reward results rather than project management. Managers may turn to reward employees based on good moral standards or ethics. Instead, management must concentrate on improving on work environment.

It develops work cooperation.

Less concentration is given to project management which is the major reason for the
organization’s very existence.

3.Mobility of management: Jobhoping

This occurs when top management changes organizations every 3-4years. This means as new
management come on board,already planned strategy will be broken because new
management,new philosophies.

New or fresh ideas are brought to the organization as new management takes office.
It hinders development.

4.Use of visible figures only for management,with little or no
consideration of figures that are unknown or unknowable

Not only visible figures should be made known to management. Unknowable numbers or figures
must also be taken into consideration.
Having knowledge about unknowable figures improves quality efforts.
Complicated situation becomes difficult for management to handle.

5.Excessive medical costs

Medical costs drive much business to excessive loss.
The health of management and employees are well catered for.
The organization spends much on its revenue in caring for its management and other

6.Excessive cost of liability

Liabilities cost the organization just like medical costs.
Liabilities help in running the day to the activities of the organization.
The organization’s liability costs them much than their assets.

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