Dr. 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 Swiss Board School, International Center for Corporate Governance 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 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), and a Functional Governance Partner of the International Center for Corporate Governance (ICFCG) at the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland.
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.
Mr. Abdulaziz A. Almahboob, Head of TQM Department, Assessor for the King Abdulaziz Quality Award, Eastern Province Directorate, Ministry of Education, Dammam, KSA
The EFQM Leaders for Excellence Training conducted by ITQM was very interesting and added great value to me. I liked also very much the best practice examples presented by Dr. Karl J. Koller.
Mr. Muhammad Azmi Dhabban, Center Manager, Program G.M., Jeddah Municipality, Jeddah, KSA
I liked very much the practical approach in the workshop. The team exercises helped me strengthen my newly acquired knowledge.
Mr. Anuarag Kshattriya, OHSE Manager, Brandt NOV, Dubai, UAE
The workshop is excellent for professionals who are developing their organization towards Excellence.