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Purpose of an Organization

W. Edwards Deming described the purpose of an organization in New Economics, on page 51, as:

The aim proposed here for any organization is for everybody to gain - stockholders, employees, suppliers, customers, community, the environment - over the long term.

Like so much of what Deming said that makes sense to me. An organization exist to provide good jobs to employees, provide products and services to customers and to make money for the owners.

New Economics, page 2:

In order to improve living in a material way as well as in a spiritual way, people must trade goods and services with other people.

I believe this adds to an understanding of Deming's thought on the purpose of an organization. Organizations are a means to improve the lives we live.

I posted a message on the Curious Cat Management Improvement blog on this topic: Purpose of an Organization.

Dr. W. Edwards Deming management ideas have greatly influenced modern management practice. Many quotes and thoughts are attritbuted to W. Edwards Deming's system of management. Sometimes these represent his ideas accurately, and sometimes they do not. Here I attempt to clearly indicate what he actual said and include some of my thoughts on what he meant.

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