Swiss Quality

Management

Foto KollerDr. Karl J. Koller is the CEO and Founder of the Institute for Total Quality Management (ITQM), Zurich, Switzerland.

He earned a master's degree in Business Administration (MBA) and received his Doctorate in Management from the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland. He worked and studied in the USA for several years (Boston University, University of California - Los Angeles, University of Chicago).

Dr. Koller has more than 30 years of practical experience with international companies as well as with government organizations and universities (Europe, USA, Asia, GCC Countries). He has been working in the field of Total Quality Management for many years with focus on management in the TQM process and on the EFQM Excellence Model. During his doctoral studies he spent two years as a visiting research fellow at Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, USA. In addition to his consulting activities, he spent several years as a visiting faculty member for Total Quality Management at a number of universities. He is a Functional Partner for Business Excellence Governance at the International Board Foundation (IBF) at the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland.

Dr. Koller has published several articles about Quality Management and Excellence and presented at national and international conferences for Quality Management. He is the author of the Global Guidelines on the Corporate Governance of Business Excellence, published by the International Board Foundation (IBF). 

He conducts TQM study tours within the USA and Europe on a regular basis (TQM in Manufacturing, Logistics, Higher Education, Health Care, Hospitality, Service). Dr. Koller is an Assessor for the EFQM Excellence Award (formerly the European Quality Award) and a Licensed Trainer/Advisor/Validator of the European Foundation for Quality Management (EFQM), a Certified EFQM Innovation Leader, a Six Sigma Black Belt (ASQ) and a QFD Black Belt (QFDI). He is a Certified Change Manager (PROSCI), and a Certified Trainer/Facilitator for Large Conferences. He is a Senior Member of the American Society for Quality (ASQ), a Member of the Association of Change Management Professionals (ACMP).

During the last 20 years, Dr. Koller focused his work internationally on the use of the EFQM Excellence Model, the involvement of top management in the TQM / Excellence process and the introduction of TQM / Excellence in various industries.

  • The ITQM workshop was very helpful for me to support my company towards Excellence.

    Mr. Humayan Jawaid, Quality Manager, Abu Dhabi Company for Onshore Oil Operations, Abu Dhabi, UAE
  • The training was very beneficial for me. I learned during the three-day Assessor Training about Excellence and how I can conduct an assessment in an organization based on best practice standards. All leaders in government organizations should have knowledge about the EFQM Excellence Framework and should take actions to follow the best practice standards in their organizations. We would then be able to make improvements more quickly in all areas of government services, helping to bring our country forward.

    Dr. Khamis Al Kulaibi, Director for Training, Institute of Public Administration (IPA), Muscat, OM
  • I liked the training very much. It gave me a new perspective on Excellence.

    Mr. Abdulrahman Ahmed Hariri, Lecturer, King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah, KSA