Become an Oklahoma Quality Member
Involvement with the OQF states your business/organization is committed to economic development and performance excellence in Oklahoma. Your organization will receive benefits for all services and recognition based on your level of member participation.
In the early and mid-1980s, many industry and leaders saw that a renewed emphasis on quality was no longer an option for American companies but a necessity for doing business in an ever expanding, and more demanding, competitive world market. At that time, many American businesses either did not believe quality mattered for them or did not know how to go about implementing a quality program for their organization. The Baldridge Award along with the Oklahoma Quality Award was envisioned as a standard of excellence that would help U.S. and Oklahoma organizations achieve world-class quality. To date, the OQF has granted 80 Oklahoma Quality Awards: 37 Commitment Awards, 24 Achievement Awards, and 19 Excellence Awards. Three Oklahoma organizations have gone on to receive the coveted Malcolm Baldridge National Quality Award: The Bama Companies, Tulsa (2004); Jenks Public Schools, Jenks (2005); MESA Products, Tulsa (2006); SSM Health Care, Oklahoma City (2002).
Value of the Award Process
In addition to recognition, the value of participating in the award process is the Feedback Report an organization will receive that identifies key strengths and opportunities for improvement based on the seven categories of the Baldridge Criteria for Performance Excellence. Award applicants are evaluated by an independent Board of Volunteer Examiners composed of primarily private-sector experts in quality and business. These volunteer examiners look for achievements and improvements in all seven categories. The OQF prides itself on providing quality feedback reports to its applicants. Most applicants would pay a consultant anywhere from $2500-5000 a day to receive the type of comprehensive feedback we provide for a minimal application fee (ranges $1850-$2850). Organizations receive at least 300 hours of review by a minimum of four business and quality experts. Site-visited organizations receive over 600 hours of in-depth review.
Sharing of Best Practices Series
Although the Awards program is our primary focus, we are adding a Sharing of Best Practices Series: Making Good Oklahoma Companies & Organizations Great. Delivered by state and national Quality recipients, this series will help achieve our goal to develop and deliver educational experiences focused on performance excellence strategies. At the conclusion of each speaker topic, a more detailed follow up course will be offered to attendees.
Renew or Establish a New Membership
If you are interested in the Platinum Level at $25,000, please call our offices.
Patron Levels are based on the number of employees. Make your selection below: