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“Experience by itself teaches nothing; it must be coupled with theory, with profound knowledge” — W. Edwards Deming

The Deming Center, located within Columbia Business School, was founded in 1989. It promotes operational excellence in business through the development of research, best practices, and strategic planning.


The Deming Center sponsors applied research, disseminates best practices, supports focused education and professional development, and fosters partnerships with companies in the area of operational excellence.


The Deming Center pursues a three-pronged approach in its mission:

  • Train a new generation of managers by developing curriculum materials on operations management and strategy for use at Columbia and other schools
  • Reach senior executives through forums, executive education, and publications
  • Conduct applied research that will produce new knowledge related to the field of operations management

Deming Cup 2014 Call for Nominations

Nominations are accepted until June 15, 2014

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A judging committee, led by co-chairs Terry Lundgren (Chairman, President and CEO, Macy’s Inc., 2012 Deming Cup Winner), Sergio Marchionne (Chairman and CEO, Chrysler Group LLC; CEO, Fiat SpA, 2011 Deming Cup Winner) and Paul O’Neill (72nd Secretary of the U.S. Treasury, former Chairman and CEO, Alcoa), will evaluate the nominees. The winner will be honored at a dinner on October 28, 2014 at Columbia University.


To nominate an individual fill in this form.

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Deming Cup 2013

Read the highlights and learn more about the 2013 Deming Cup Award Ceremony.



Creating Operational Excellence

Learn more about us by reading our brochure, Creating Operational Excellence.



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Lessons learned from the Deming Cup Winners

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Columbia Business School
Uris Hall, 3022 Broadway
New York, NY 10027
212 854 1122