Universal Journal of Management Vol. 4(5), pp. 298 - 313
DOI: 10.13189/ujm.2016.040509
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Do Our School Programmes Motivate Youth for Quality? - A Case from Slovenia

Milena Alič *
Faculty of Economics, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia


Purpose: The paper highlights the issue of teaching for quality in our regular higher education programmes – just to have an insight into the situation and to find some improvement opportunities. Design/methodology/approach: Analysing a case from Slovenia our survey study focuses on quality management related courses at all the levels of education to see if they follow the realized importance of quality management in all spheres of life proved through literature review, manager claims and even through politician and journalist statements. It also analyses final student papers (undergraduate, graduate, master and doctoral theses) that could signal the students' interest in quality management. Findings: Slovenian education institutions do follow quality requirements regarding institution management. However, they offer only few specific quality management related courses. Additionally, less than 5% of published final student papers in faculties offering quality management related programmes are related to quality matters. Research limitations/implications: The analysis of quality management related final student papers was limited only to the biggest Slovenian University in this preliminary research. It should be followed by some more detailed research on this topic giving stronger suggestions. Practical implications: School programmes should cover business needs regarding quality management knowledge and skills. Social implications: Teaching for quality through regular school programmes would be the most effective and systematic way to improve the culture of quality and responsibility in the society and to implement it in our organizations as well. Originality/value: The literature review showed some research on quality management of the higher education institutions. However, no research on quality topics in their offered courses and in student papers has been found.

Quality, Quality Management, Higher Education, Education Programmes, School Programmes

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[1] Milena Alič , "Do Our School Programmes Motivate Youth for Quality? - A Case from Slovenia," Universal Journal of Management, Vol. 4, No. 5, pp. 298 - 313, 2016. DOI: 10.13189/ujm.2016.040509.

(b). APA Format:
Milena Alič (2016). Do Our School Programmes Motivate Youth for Quality? - A Case from Slovenia. Universal Journal of Management, 4(5), 298 - 313. DOI: 10.13189/ujm.2016.040509.