Kaoru Ishikawa is considered the Father of Japanese Quality. The oldest of eight sons Kaoru was born in He went to the University of Tokyo and received an engineering degree in applied chemistry. After working at Nissan until , Kaoru started as an associate professor at the university where he went to school.
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He was born in Tokyo, Japan. He belonged to a family dedicated to the industry. Ishikawa received a very good education in the best institutions in the Japanese capital. Then, he studied in at the prestigious University of Tokyo, where he received the title of a chemical engineer. At the end of his career, he entered the world of industry and then approached the military world. Later, he would be one of the promoters of quality control in industries, and he began to work as a consultant in numerous companies and institutions interested in the development strategies.
Later on, he would obtain his doctorate on engineering at the University of Tokyo and in , he would be hired to be an engineering professor at the same institution. In , Japan would enter to the international International Organization for Standardization ISO created in order to establish standards for various companies and products. Ishikawa was there until , during this time he had the honor of being the president for the Japanese delegation.
His expertise in the field of quality control was admirable. He made contributions to the implementation of quality systems appropriate to the value of the process in the company.
He was a great administrator, raised a theory of the quality system, characterized by two levels of management and evolution which would be known as Ishikawa diagram , later on. This model contains some graphics that aim to classify the causes of problems by categories. For his contribution to the administration, he is considered the father of the scientific analysis of the causes of problems in industrial processes.
Ishikawa defines quality control as a method that consists in developing, designing, elaborating and maintaining a quality product that is economical, useful and always satisfactory for the consumer. In his classes, he always emphasizes in the importance that the companies structure a Quality Training Plan, given to all levels of the organization, whose objectives must correspond to the strategic objectives of the organization. The Ishikawa Diagram was also nicknamed: fishbone diagram and had a big impact.
Many companies that began to implement it improved their profitability and some overcame deep structural and financial problems. The first company that applied it was the Kawasaki Iron Fukiai Works, in Therefore, Japanese consumers found more affordable and higher quality products. The insatiable spirit of Karou Ishikawa generated various studies and analysis to improve his theories and also implemented others: control sheets, Pareto analysis, in order to classify, identify and solve problems.
Also, scatter diagrams, control charts and Stratification Analysis. We see that Ishikawa was interested in changing the way people think about their work. Currently, he is known as one of the most famous gurus of world quality. Kaoru Ishikawa suffered a stroke that had him ill for several months and then caused his death on April 16, , in Tokyo.
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He is considered a key figure in the development of quality initiatives in Japan, particularly the quality circle. Born in Tokyo, the oldest of the eight sons of Ichiro Ishikawa. In Ishikawa started his academic career as an associate professor at the University of Tokyo. He undertook the presidency of the Musashi Institute of Technology in