2021 Deming Prize Winners

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Guest post by John Hunter, founder of CuriousCat.com.

The Union of Japanese Scientists and Engineers (JUSE) has announced the 2021 Deming Prize winners.

Deming Prize medal (with profile of Dr. Deming)

2021 Deming Prize

  • Toyota Boshoku, Kariya Plant and Unit Production Engineering Center (Japan)
    From the 2020 Toyota Boshoku annual report

    We are now tackling the challenge of winning the Deming Prize, but our goal is not the prize itself ‒ our aim is to develop members throughout the company, including those in the corporate units, to conduct their daily jobs while upholding the perspective of the customer.

To me, that is the right aim for seeking the Deming Prize: with the aim to use the effort as a way to focus energy on improving the company.

Since 2000, organizations based in India have received the most Deming Prizes (Japan is second and Thailand is third).

Distribution of winning organizations since 2000 (including prize for 2021):

  • India – 32
  • Japan – 22
  • Thailand – 12
  • China – 3
  • USA – 2
  • Indonesia – 1
  • Singapore – 1
  • Taiwan – 1

Deming Grand Prize (an organization may apply for the Deming Grand Prize three years or more after it has received the Deming Prize)

  • OTICS Corporation (Japan)

2021 Deming Prize for Individuals:

  • Dr. Hiroe Tsubaki
    Executive Director, Inter-University Research Institute Corporation Research Organization of Information and Systems
    Director-General, The Institute of Statistical Mathematics

Related: 2021 Deming Prize application guide2018 Deming Prize Winners2013 Deming Prize Winners

2 thoughts on “2021 Deming Prize Winners”

  1. Birdavinder Singh

    Recently Indus towers limited got Deming prize but i am surprised how this corrupt company get this award
    they are not following any guidelines of business excellence

    1. Christina Dragonetti

      We don’t have anything to do with the Deming Prize. The Union of Japanese Scientists and Engineers (JUSE) has a committee that decides criteria and selects winners. You can learn more here: https://www.juse.or.jp/deming_en/award/

      From their website: “The transcript of the eight-day course [taught by Deming in Japan in 1950], “Dr. Deming’s Lectures on Statistical Control of Quality,” was compiled from stenographic records and distributed for a charge. Dr. Deming donated his royalties to JUSE. In appreciation of Dr. Deming’s generosity, the late Mr. Kenichi Koyanagi, managing director of JUSE, proposed using it to fund a prize to commemorate Dr. Deming’s contribution and friendship in a lasting way and to promote the continued development of quality control in Japan. Upon receiving the proposal, the JUSE’s board of directors unanimously made a resolution to establish the Deming Prize.

      Later, the Japanese translation of Dr. Deming’s book Some Theory of Sampling was published. Dr. Deming further contributed to the fund using the royalties from his book. Since then, the Deming Prize has grown considerably, and today JUSE carries the overall administrative costs for the prize.”

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