The Life According to Dr. Kaoru Ishikawa

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The Life according to Dr. Kaoru Ishikawa
BSOP326
Lee Thompson
November 13, 2011

The Life according to Dr. Kaoru Ishikawa

Dr. Ishikawa`s life goes down in history as a creator, author, teacher, mentor, and brother. His definition of quality control was "To practice quality control is to develop, design, produce and service a quality product which is most economical, most useful and always satisfactory to the consumer. To meet this goal, everyone in the company must participate in and promote quality control, including top executives, all divisions, within the company and all employees." Dr. Kaoru Ishikawa wrote in his native country is 石川 馨, was born in Tokyo July 13, 1915 one of eight sons to his mother Chiro Ishikawa and lived a full life of 73 years. He passed in April of 1989 but will be remembered as the creator of the Ishikawa diagram also known as the Fishbone diagram used to determine root causes. It was first used in the 1940s, and is considered one of the seven basic tools of quality control. (Tague) Ishikawa_Fishbone_Diagram.svg

He was awarded the Deming Prize, the Nihon Keizai Press Prize, and the Industrial Standardization Prize for his writings on quality control, and the Grant Award from the American Society for Quality Control for his educational program on quality control. Dr. Ishikawa was a graduate from the University of Tokyo with an engineering degree in applied chemistry in 1939.  His first job out of college was for was as a naval technical officer till 1941 then went to work for Nissan Liquid Fuel Company until 1947. One could say he was fast tracking to a larger goal. Ishikawa joined the Japanese Union of Scientists and Engineers JUSE quality control research group in 1949 and in 1978 held the presidency of the Musashi Institute of Technology. During this time he also obtained his Doctorate of Engineering becoming a full professor in the Faculty of Engineering at The University of Tokyo and introduced the...
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