The Deming Cycle (PDCA) Concept as an Efficient Tool for Continuous Quality Improvement in the Agribusiness

  •  Mihail Nikolaevich Dudin    
  •  Evgenia Evgen'evna Frolova    
  •  Natalie Vladimirovna Gryzunova    
  •  Elena Borisovna Shuvalova    


Task statement: This article is an attempt to study the issues of quality management of business processes andproduction with respect to companies operating in the agricultural sector. The global agribusiness is a specialsphere of production, which is aimed at meeting the most important physiological needs of people. Therefore,the quality of the products, and thus the quality of the business processes are crucial for preservation andenhancement of the health of the world's population. The approach of this article is based on thecross-disciplinary concept of quality management with regard to the specifics of the operation and developmentof agro-industrial companies. Results: the study of theoretical, methodological, and empirical aspects shows that,in recent decades, the dynamics of the global agribusiness has changed significantly, and it is caused by multipleobjective factors. At the same time, forecasts say the world food production will fall short of the real need of theworld population in this products, so further stimulation of sustainable development of the world's agribusinesscan be performed through total quality management as well. For agricultural companies, quality managementshould be based on the Deming Cycle concept; this approach orients all business processes to implementation ofthe eight core principles of total quality management. Conclusion / recommendations: materials contained inthis article show the special role of the global agribusiness in social and economic processes. The proposedscheme of quality management is recommended for use in the agricultural companies of the complete productioncycle. For companies of the non-complete cycle, the scheme can be adapted by eliminating unused links.

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