Total quality management implementation in the Egyptian construction industry

Tarek Elghamrawy*, Tomoya Shibayama

*Corresponding author for this work

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Total quality management (TQM) has been recognized as a successful management philosophy that can be successfully implemented in the construction industry. By examining the Japanese contractors working in Egypt and comparing their managing systems to the local ones, a comparative analysis of the two contractors working in the Egyptian field is presented in this paper to illustrate how TQM can be implemented effectively in the Egyptian construction industry. Bearing in mind the location bound nature of the production process, the competitive bidding, which emphasizes cost and the absence of the quality culture of the clients, subcontractors and site operatives are some of the constraining factors for implementing the quality policy. Based on the research findings, the paper presents some features of the Japanese construction industry that could be implemented in the Egyptian field in addition to a new model for TQM implementation that appropriates the Egyptian construction industry.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)156-161
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Management in Engineering
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2008
Externally publishedYes


  • Construction industry
  • Egypt
  • Quality control

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Industrial relations
  • General Engineering
  • Strategy and Management
  • Management Science and Operations Research


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