"Understanding and applying total quality management for quality improvement in Kigali institute of science, technology and management (KIST), in Rwanda."
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Total Quality management (TQM) is a different way to organize the efforts of people. The objective is to harmonize their efforts in such a way that not only do people approach their assigned tasks with enthusiasm, but they also participate in the improvement of how the work gets done. Quality management introduces a significant change in the relationship between those who manage and those who actually do the work. TQM has had a significant influence on contemporary management practices. It is in this regard therefore, that the purpose of this research was to examine the feasibility of TQM implementation in Kigali Institute of Science, Technology and Management (KIST) to improve the quality of education. The main objectives ofthis study included: • Determining whether TQM can be effectively implemented for quality improvement in KIST. • Finding out any limitations to the implementation of TQM for quality improvement in KIST. • Establishing any benefits ofTQM in KIST. Both qualitative and quantitative methods of research were used to carry out this research and the literature reviewed on TQM was a major guide in the analysis process. The results revealed that with major improvements in areas of staff commitment, encouraging teamwork and participation of all staff coupled with staff education and development, TQM implementation in KIST could be realised. Various limitations of the implementation of this system in KIST include: lack of resources in terms of finance, insufficient academic facilities, shortage of academic staff, to mention but a few. The benefits of this system include: helping the institution to focus on the needs of its customers, achieving top quality performance, better communication methods and achieving commitment of all the staff Due to the limitation of the short time frame allocated to this research, the study could not go in detail consequently recommendations for further research were made.