Studies in Philosophy and Education

, Volume 16, Issue 1, pp 241–258

Total Quality Management: A Plan for Optimizing Human Potential?

  • A. Paul Wagner

DOI: 10.1023/A:1004923710252

Cite this article as:
Wagner, A.P. Studies in Philosophy and Education (1997) 16: 241. doi:10.1023/A:1004923710252


Israel Scheffler's ground-breaking essay, On Human Potential, deserves to be more widely known among educational policy analysts, especially in light of the popularity in educationist circles of W.E. Deming's organizational philosophy known as “Total Quality Management”. In what follows,I argue that the heuristical value of Deming's perscriptions are entailed in Scheffler's On Human Potential. More importantly, I argue, where Deming's work falls short, especially in being naive about the human condition, Scheffler's analysis provides a foundation for management theory in education that insures the flourishing of an optimal number of contributing participants. In fashioning these ideas, Scheffler brings pioneering thinking to the emerging fields of management studies generally and educational policy specifically.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • A. Paul Wagner
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  1. 1.School of Humanities and Human Science and School of EducationUniversity of Houston-Clear LakeU.S.A