Quality circles have become well known in management for their ability to I improve internal efficiency and quality while motivating employees to participate in a I cohesive team effort. They function as voluntary groups of advisors representing all aspects of a particular operation who make recommendations to administmtion. LAewise, advisory committees are comprised of health care community leaders who serve in an advisory capacity on a voluntary basis. The mission of an advisory committee is to provide suggestions and recommendations which will help assure that graduates of the vocational-technical program are skilled, competent, and technologically current workers. The mission of quality circles is to provide suggestions and recommendations which will enhance the operations and management of an organization. Therefore, the quality assurance provided by the internal quality circle is very similar to that of the external advisory committee. The similarities, differences and functions of each group are explored in this article.



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