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The W. Edwards Deming Center for Quality, Productivity, and Competitiveness at Columbia Business School

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The W. Edwards Deming Center for Quality, Productivity, and Competitiveness at Columbia Business School promotes operational excellence in business through the development of research, best practices, and strategic planning.

The Deming Center

“Experience by itself teaches nothing; it must be coupled with theory, with profound knowledge.” — W. Edwards Deming

The Deming Center, located within Columbia Business School, was founded in 1990 during W. Edwards Deming’s last year at Columbia. The center promotes operational excellence in business through the development of research, best practices, and strategic planning.

Mission

The Deming Center sponsors applied research, disseminates best practices, supports focused education and professional development, and fosters partnerships with companies in the area of operational excellence.

Objectives

The Deming Center pursues a three-pronged approach in its mission:

Train a new generation of managers by developing curriculum materials on operations management and strategy for use at Columbia and other schools

Reach senior executives through forums, executive education, and publications

Conduct applied research that will produce new knowledge related to the field of operations management

The Center supports applied research activities through doctoral research fellowships with the objective of producing new knowledge related to the field of operations management, and providing students with the opportunity to use company data to validate academic hypotheses, increasing their exposure to industry problems and enhancing the relevance of their research.

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