The Hong Kong Productivity Centre-Xerox Quality Institute is preparing a Total Quality Management (TQM) module using a pilot programme to ensure a modified system for small companies and Chinese culture. Ten companies have been selected to take part in the study. 'Initially, we provided training so that staff would understand the TQM model and the need for management support and involvement by employees,' Au Ming-pui, the HKPC senior consultant, said. 'We then trained them to carry out business self-assessment and guided the assessment team. We are involving employees to assess the company's existing quality performance and we will then find performance gaps and decide on a system of measurement.' At the end of the programme, each company will assess its own quality to check improvement and will then continue the TQM. A localised quality improvement model will be produced and HKPC will disseminate it in Hong Kong through training and major promotions. This project will form one of the topics at the Quality Conference which is part of Quality Month. Since the beginning of the quality campaign in 1990, awareness has grown, although much remains to be done. Edmund Sung, general manager of the HKPC's Quality and Management Consultancy Division said: 'Taiwan has organised a Quality Month for 10 years and, as the concept of quality grows in Hong Kong, more companies would like to benefit by introducing quality improvements.'