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Quality pp 23-46 | Cite as

A History of the Concept of Quality

  • Peter Dahler-LarsenEmail author
Chapter

Abstract

Given the centrality of the concept of quality and the complexities related to it, which I described in the introduction, it is surprising how little the history of the concept of quality is discussed—how often it is completely neglected, in fact.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of CopenhagenCopenhagenDenmark

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