Why is Deming Irrelevant to CEOs?

W. Edwards Deming remains popular among many people world-wide — except CEOs. For the last 25 years, CEOs have shown little interest in Dr. Deming’s work. His work is irrelevant to them.

Deming’s followers are perplexed as to why he has virtually no following among CEO. The answer is in the slides below.

The slides show the large gap that exists between the learned, progressive wisdom of Dr. Deming and the worldly, regressive wisdom of business leaders who embrace classical management. It compares Dr. Deming’s thinking to the viewpoint of most CEOs — with me, Bob Emiliani, serving as proxy for CEOs.

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