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Watson Awarded “2007 Book of the Year” Masing Book


Houston, Texas – 1 May 2008:

Gregory H. Watson, Chairman of Business Excellence Solutions, Ltd. was awarded the Walter E. Masing Book Medal by the International Academy for Quality.  The award was granted to recognize his book Strategic Benchmarking Reloaded with Six Sigma which was published in 2007 by John Wiley & Sons.

Watson’s book was recognized as an extension of his prior Fortune Magazine Book-of-the-Month Club selection, Strategic Benchmarking (John Wiley & Sons, 1993) which had been elected one of the twelve best business books of the year for 1993 by Library Journal.  The first book was the first to describe the application of benchmarking methods for defining new strategic directions, while the recent book used the statistical methods of Six Sigma for conducting comparative analyses during benchmarking studies.

The Masing Book Medal was established by IAQ to honor the memory of Dr. Walter E. Masing (1915-2004), one of its founders and an Honorary Member.  Dr. Masing was a founder of both the IAQ and the European Organization for Quality (EOQ) where he served as its first president and was named an Honorary Member.  He was president of the German Society for Quality (DGQ) for twenty years and was named Honorary President upon his retirement.

The Academy awards the Masing Book Medal to recognize excellence in a published book that has significantly increased the world’s knowledge of quality.  The Masing Book Medal is open for award to any author and contributions are judged by a panel of Academicians to determine the most noteworthy book on a subject in the discipline of quality management for the year.  Applications for this Medal must be nominated by a Member of the Academy with the support of the book’s publisher.

Business Excellence Solutions, Ltd. is a management consulting firm headquartered in Espoo, Finland and specializing in the application of industrial engineering, statistical analysis, and quality management practices for improving strategic and operational improvement of organizations.





Gregory Watson being presented the Masing Medal by IAQ Chairman Spencer Hutchens (right) and IAQ President Tito Conti (left).

Strategic Benchmarking Reloaded with Six Sigma was published in 2007 by John Wiley & Sons.