Using the QFD Matrix as a Major Continuous Improvement Tool to Improve Organizational Quality

Ahmed Mansour Mohsin (University of Southern Queensland, Australia), Fernando F. Padró (University of Southern Queensland, Australia) and Karen Trimmer (University of Southern Queensland, Australia)
Copyright: © 2018 |Pages: 34
EISBN13: 9781522577430|DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-5288-8.ch001
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Abstract

This is a case study of an Australian higher education institution (HEI) using quality function deployment (QFD) to identify areas of improvement in serving and meeting the needs of international students enrolled at this university. The composite institution reflects what is currently happening at the time of this writing as part of a process of determining international student needs and ensuring that these are met while meeting academic and institutional requirements (IR). The use of QFD fills a major gap since most methodologies practiced do not focus on either capturing the international students' voice or align these with IRs to enhance the opportunities for successful completion of a degree and meeting student personal and professional expectations. Results are incomplete at this time and thus cannot be reported, but a discussion of the approach is provided, and initial observations are presented to adequately describe the use of QFD and processes and tools used to complete different parts are the central piece of the process, the house of quality (HoQ).
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