New Orleans, Louisiana
June 26, 2016
June 26, 2016
August 28, 2016
Over a half century ago Edwards Deming demonstrated that systems engineering concepts can be applied to any business or service enterprise. This paper presents an integrated systems approach to administering regional economic development in the Upper Cumberland based on Deming’s System of Profound Knowledge and the Appalachian Regional Commission definitions of Program Areas.
The system includes an organizational platform; a strategic planning process based on quantitative measures of regional employment and Appalachian Regional Commission definitions of Program Areas; and a methodology for prioritizing regional economic development activities. University engagement enables the region to leverage analytical capability and provides Deming’s Constancy of Purpose in the approach to economic development.
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