Out of the Crisis

Out of the Crisis

By W. Edwards Deming

Deming offers a theory of management based on his famous 14 Points for Management.





Deming offers a theory of management based on his famous 14 Points for Management.

"Long-term commitment to new learning and new philosophy is required of any management that seeks transformation. The timid and the fainthearted, and the people that expect quick results, are doomed to disappointment."

According to W. Edwards Deming, American companies require nothing less than a transformation of management style and of governmental relations with industry. In Out of the Crisis, originally published in 1982, Deming offers a theory of management based on his famous 14 Points for Management. Management's failure to plan for the future, he claims, brings about loss of market, which brings about loss of jobs. Management must be judged not only by the quarterly dividend, but by innovative plans to stay in business, protect investment, ensure future dividends, and provide more jobs through improved product and service. In simple, direct language, he explains the principles of management transformation and how to apply them.

Previously published by MIT-CAES


Out of Print ISBN: 9780262541152 524 pp. | 5.375 in x 8.5 in


  • Deming's profound insights stand the test of time. Every leader who cares about improving quality in the deepest sense of the word—that of making people's lives better—should be well-read in Deming's philosophy and methods. To understand Deming is to grasp how society and the economy can work smarter, not just in the name of efficiency, but in the cause of humanity.

    Jim Collins

    author Good to Great, co-author Built to Last

  • Following Deming's teachings helped us weather the great economic recession–and then to move forward to double the size of the company, profitably, shortly thereafter. Deming's approach is a continuing source of competitive advantage and rapid growth.

    Sherm Moreland

    CEO, DesignGroup Commercial Architects & Planners

  • Using Dr. Deming's leadership philosophy helped us scale up quickly and profitably. Our employees were delighted with this enlightened and effective approach. Within a few years the company went public on the Nasdaq stock exchange.

    Keith Sparkjoy

    cofounder, Pluralsight

  • Our company owes a huge debt to Dr. Deming's insights about how to lead and operate. Pride and joy in work, client satisfaction, growth, and quality are all high and sustainable.

    Travis Timmons

    health care entrepreneur and President, Fitness Matters