Programs of quality improvement: an exploratory study in large Brazilian construction companies

Silvia Helena Boarin Pinto, Marly Monteiro de Carvalho, Linda Lee Ho, Sharon Rigazzo Flores


This article aims to identify the major characteristics of the implementation of quality programs in large construction companies in Brazil. This study focuses on the most accepted and implemented models such as ISO 9000:2000, ISO 14001, Six Sigma and Total Quality Management (TQM). An exploratory study was carried out in seven large companies (approximately 37% of the total number). These companies were chosen from the “500 Largest and Best Brazilian Companies” list, published by Exame Magazine, in 2005, out of a total number of 15 large companies in the sector. The indings of this study show that the companies have been implementing quality programs, have been using more basic quality tools, and have been dificulty accounting resources that come from the implementation of quality programs.


Construction sector. Quality programs.

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Iberoamerican Journal of Strategic Management  e-ISSN: 2176-0756

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