Implementation of quality management in organisations operating in the Sultanate of Oman: ISO 9001:2000 vs. non-ISO 9001:2000 certified organisations

Rafi Ashrafi, Hamdi A. Bashir

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This paper reports the findings of a survey exploring the implementation of four aspects of quality management (QM): tools, measurements and documentation in organisations operating in the Sultanate of Oman. Data for this study were collected from 57 ISO 9001:2000 (ISO, International Organization for Standardization) and non-ISO 9001:2000 certified organisations in both manufacturing and service sectors. The findings revealed that Omani organisations have a high usage of the best practices, tools and techniques of QM, have a high degree of documentation and have performed well in comparison to their competitors. The survey results showed that there are significant differences between ISO 9001:2000 and non-ISO 9001:2000 certified organisations in all the four aspects of QM. ISO 9001:2000 certified organisations have a high degree of usage of QM in all the four important aspects as compared to non-ISO 9001:2000 certified organisations. However, in terms of perceived performance, it was found that there were no statistically significant differences between the ISO 9001:2000 certified and non-ISO 9001:2000 certified organisations.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)183-201
Number of pages19
JournalInternational Journal of Productivity and Quality Management
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2011



  • GCC
  • Gulf cooperation countries
  • ISO 9000
  • Measurement
  • Oman
  • Practices
  • QM
  • Quality management
  • Tools

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business, Management and Accounting(all)

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