Harrington Best TQM Thesis Award 2007

During the 1st Annual Middle East Quality Association (MEQA) conference in Dubai, the Harrington Best TQM Thesis Award was presented to Nahla Abdullla Fadhlani (Job Satisfaction and Employee Loyalty at Dubai Quality Award Winners) and Wafa A. Abu Snieneh (Critical Factors for the Evaluation of Quality in e-Learning Programs)

A number of the European partners from The European Universities Network and the e-TQM College established the Harrington Best TQM Thesis Award to encourage pioneering and original research work in the field of TQM. The award is meant as a special tribute to Dr. H. James Harrington, one of the best-known gurus and thinkers in TQM and past Chairman and past President of ASQ and the International Academy for Quality.

“The award is instituted in recognition of the need to develop fresh and young talent in the field of Total Quality Management and as a tribute to the momentum that the Quality movement is generating in the region. This award is designed to motivate students to better demonstrate TQM applications by infusing novel ideas and theories and practical applications that drive forward the organizational quest for excellence in the region,” said Dr. Harrington.

The award program is administered through two separate strands. While the European version will be administered by The European Centre of TQM (University of Bradford in the UK) and covering students from the European Universities Network (EUN-TQM), the version covering the Arab World is administered by the e-TQM College in Dubai.

The submission process requires the individual to meet set criteria and is primarily meant for students who have gained a Masters in TQM and/or related topics. The award consists of a certificate of award and The Harrington Medal.

“Once every two years an open competition is held to select the overall winner(s) from Europe and the Arab region, from the winners over the period of two years in all categories concerned. For more information, contact Dr. Mohamed Zairi.  His email address is