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|Title:||Meta-management of integration of management systems|
|Author(s):||Muhammad Asif, (University of Twente, Twente, The Netherlands), Erik Joost de Bruijn, (University of Twente, Twente, The Netherlands), Olaf A.M. Fisscher, (University of Twente, Twente, The Netherlands), Cory Searcy, (Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada)|
|Citation:||Muhammad Asif, Erik Joost de Bruijn, Olaf A.M. Fisscher, Cory Searcy, (2010) "Meta-management of integration of management systems", The TQM Journal, Vol. 22 Iss: 6, pp.570 - 582|
|Keywords:||Design, Logic, Management activities|
|Article type:||Conceptual paper|
|DOI:||10.1108/17542731011085285 (Permanent URL)|
|Publisher:||Emerald Group Publishing Limited|
|Acknowledgements:||This paper benefited greatly from the valuable comments of Ambika Zutshi at the School of Management and Marketing, Deakin University, Australia, anonymous reviewers, and the editor of this special issue.|
Purpose – The realm of standardized management systems (MSs) has expanded greatly over the last two decades. This expansion has highlighted the need for structured approaches to facilitate the integration of these systems. The purpose of this paper is to explore the integration of standardized MSs through a meta-management approach.
Design/methodology/approach – An extensive survey of literature was carried out. Based on the literature review, a comprehensive framework was developed to guide the integration of standardized MSs. The framework is based on the “direction-consistency-coherence-feedback” cycle.
Findings – A critical review of existing models and methodologies for the integration of standardized MSs highlighted the need for a systems-oriented approach to integration based on stakeholder needs. The review further highlighted that the integration of MSs must be carried out at the meta-level of organisational control. This focuses integration efforts on a higher level of abstraction, logic, and inquiry than is typically the case in efforts focused at the intervention or modeling level.
Practical implications – The framework will be of interest to both researchers and practitioners in the integration of standardized MSs because it provides a systematic way for addressing various stakeholder requirements. It describes how organisations could handle integration at various organisational levels and how an infrastructure for continuous improvement could be established.
Originality/value – The paper makes several contributions. It presents a unique approach to integration that has not been addressed in previous publications. The paper elaborates how to carry out integration of standardized MSs and how to develop a business management system for the whole organisation.
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