Using Deming’s Management Ideas to Explore Sustainability

Andrew McKeon spoke at the annual Deming Institute conference this year on: Disruptive Sustainability and Deming.

Quality Digest interviewed Andrew in webcast above. Andrew uses the 4 elements of Deming’s System of Profound Knowledge to look at climate change in the webcast and also his article: Deming, Profound Knowledge, and Global Sustainability

From the Quality Digest article, Profound Knowledge in Complex Systems: A Business Case:

According to McKeon, atmospheric CO2 levels are way out of the normal variation limits relative to the last 2 million years. “And that has a lot of implications for how the planet is going to look, so knowledge of variation becomes very important,” he says. The SPC tie-in becomes clearer as the interview continues, “For me it wasn’t Deming to climate change; it was climate change to Deming,” says McKeon. “And seeing that graph and understanding about variation really brought it home for me. His knowledge and his way of framing things were very important for this.”

Related: Brian Joiner Podcast on Management, Sustainability and the Health Care System2013 Annual Deming Conference Recap: Homecoming At PurdueClimate Change and Management by Andrew McKeon and Gipsy RanneyClayton Christensen on Innovation and Macro Economics

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  1. January 20, 2014

    It was better because designers and developers went from being just people who bought things, and marketed them, to people who had to understand and solve problems throughout the whole process…

  2. March 24, 2014

    “Systems thinking and addressing sustainability is the end of externalities. Because what it says is those aren’t external, it depends on how you draw your system…”

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