This section needs to discuss the popularity of Quality Circles from the 1960's onwards, ending with their state today (2008). C Birch. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 22.214.171.124 (talk) 17:39, 8 July 2008 (UTC)
(true?) History of Quality Circles
I have heard it said that 'Quality Circles' is based upon ideas discussed in US academia (Ohio State U?) in the (pre-war) 1930s, but never adopted industrially in the USA. After WWII, advisers, like Deming brought quality management and production techniques to Japan to help with rebuilding industry there. Can anyone corroborate or correct these 'rumours' definitively?