Quality & Quantity

, Volume 46, Issue 3, pp 751–776 | Cite as

Quality as an autonomous body of knowledge. An in-depth survey on Italian higher education



The need of people skilled on quality topics is strongly increased in Italy, in the last 10 years, and new professional figures that are specialized in quality have been recently recognized by the Italian official classification of occupations. However, there seems to be a lack of empirical studies that analyse education about quality supplied by Italian universities and business schools. This paper shows the results of an exploratory survey on the education in quality offered by Italian universities. The research was conducted on a reasoned sample of Italian universities, selected on the basis of the number of students enrolled and the number of supplied degree courses, in the academic year 2005/2006. Thanks to the findings of the survey it is possible to know what (what subjects related to quality concepts and tools are taught), where (within which degree programs they are taught), and when (at which degree level they are taught) Italian higher education is devoted to quality.


Education in quality in Italy Quality as a body of knowledge Exploratory survey of syllabi content 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Dipartimento di Contabilità Nazionale e Analisi dei Processi SocialiUniversità di PalermoPalermoItaly

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