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Shoji Shiba Honored with Deming Prize

By Lois Slavin
October 15, 2002

Click here to see photos from Shoji's reception hosted by LFM.

The Deming Prize Committee has announced that Professor Shoji Shiba, Visiting Professor at the Leaders for Manufacturing program in Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Sloan School of Management, has been awarded the 2002 Deming Prize for Individuals.

The Deming Prize is one of the highest awards for Total Quality Management (TQM) c0v in the world. It was established in 1951 to commemorate the late Dr. William Edwards Deming, who contributed greatly to Japan's proliferation of statistical quality control after World War II. Deming's teachings helped Japan build the foundation on which the level of its product quality has been recognized as the highest in the world.

The citation for Professor Shiba's award was prepared by Professor Noriaki Kano of the Deming Prize Committee. Professor Shiba was honored with the Deming Prize for his dedication to developing the globalization of TQM in the following areas:

Academic contribution through his excellent research on introducing semantics to the problem-solving process and developing the process gathering and analyzing soft data; systematizing the promotion process of organizational activities, based on participation by everybody in an organization; and clarification of factors influencing organizational breakthrough.

Introducing TQM to industry in Hungary and the U.S., where it has been tested and confirmed that TQM methods developed in Japan, is universally effective.

From the heterogeneous viewpoint of social science and international business, he has given credibility to Japan's quality management-oriented society. By integrating these elements, Shiba has provided an "out-of-the-box" contrast to the homogeneous thinking of most Japanese quality experts.

As an international expert in TQM, Dr. Shiba is responsible for disseminating the practices and methodologies of TQM to the industries and governments of many countries, including Chile, China, France, Hungary, India, Ireland, Italy, Malaysia, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, the United Kingdom, the United States, and the former USSR. In the U.S., Professor Shiba has worked with a range of companies, including Teradyne, Analog Devices, Bose, and Mercury Computer Systems.

Professor Shiba has taught at MIT Sloan for over 10 years, primarily in the Leaders for Manufacturing program, which was instrumental in bringing him to the Institute. Until 2000, he was also professor of business administration and dean of the School of Applied International Studies of Tokiwa University in Japan. He is also is professor emeritus of Tsukuba University in Japan, and also was an adjunct professor during an earlier stay at MIT.

Professor Shiba has been the recipient of many awards. In 2001 at MIT Sloan, he received the school's Teaching Excellence Award for his work in course 15.097, Breakthrough Management. He was also honored by the Ministry of Industry in Hungary by the establishment of the annual IIASA Shiba award for his work there in TQM. Also, the president of the Hungarian Republic has bestowed the Hungarian Republic's Small Cross of Order of Merit upon Dr. Shiba for the high value and generous activity which Dr. Shiba has accomplished in the field of quality improvement and management in Hungary.

Professor Shiba is a co-founder of the Center for Quality of Management, along with the late Tom Lee, MIT professor emeritus; Alex D'Arbeloff, chairman of the MIT Corporation and co-founder of Teradyne Corporation; and Ray Stata, founder of Analog Devices and a member of the MIT Corporation and Executive Committee.

In honor of Professor Shiba's accomplishment, LFM and MIT hosted a reception on Monday, December 2, 2002. Faculty and staff members, LFM students and alums, friends and colleagues were in attendance.

Professor Shoji Shiba

Professor Shoji Shiba

Professor Shoji Shiba and Don Rosenfield
LFM Director Don Rosenfield presents Shoji with a plaque that recognizes Shoji's commitment to LFM and MIT and his accomplishment in receiving the Deming Prize.

Toby Woll, Shoji, and Alex D'Arbeloff pose 
        with the Deming Prize.
Toby Woll (far left), Shoji, and Alex D'Arbeloff pose with the actual Deming Prize and certificate written in Japanese calligraphy.

Rob Garber, Julia Chang, 
        John Sharkey, Shoji, Michelle Berson, and Greg Dibb
From left to right: LFM '04s Rob Garber, Julia Chang, John Sharkey, Shoji, Michelle Berson, and Greg Dibb.

Shoji and Bob Stasey
Bob Stasey shakes hands with Shoji.

Thomas Pursch, Shoji, and Alan Graham
From left to right: Thomas Pursch, Shoji, and Alan Graham.

Shoji receives a framed poster of the MIT campus as a token of appreciation from the LFM department.
Shoji receives a framed poster of the MIT campus as a token of appreciation from the LFM department.

SDM Director Dennis Mahoney congratulates Shoji.
SDM Director Dennis Mahoney congratulates Shoji.

More than 60 people were in attendance.
More than 60 people were in attendance.

Gary Burchill gives his regards to Shoji.
Gary Burchill gives his regards to Shoji.

LFM officemates: Shoji and Professor Jan Klein.
LFM officemates: Shoji and Professor Jan Klein.

Ray Stata
Long-time friend and colleague Ray Stata says a few words about Shoji.

Shoji and Steve Graves
Shoji talks with Professor and Chair of Faculty Steve Graves.

Rosenfield pays tribute to Shoji.
Rosenfield pays tribute to Shoji and his accomplishment and never-ending dedication to LFM and MIT.

Yo-one!!
Yo-one!!

Photos and captions by Monica Nakamine

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