Mesut Akdere, associate professor of organizational leadership at Purdue University, has been appointed to the Board of Examiners of the Baldrige Performance Excellence Program of the National Institute of Standards and Technology by the U.S. Department of Commerce.
The program oversees the Baldrige Award, the nation's only presidential award for performance excellence, while offering criteria, assessments, tools, training and a community for those dedicated to helping organizations improve.
“I strongly believe in integrating quality processes in organizational functions for performance improvement and effective leadership in organizations,” Akdere said. “As part of my research, I developed and tested a theoretical quality framework through leadership in various sectors including healthcare, manufacturing, and education. My findings for integrating quality as a core business process empirically support the Baldrige Criteria for Performance Excellence, which is considered a worldwide standard for excellence.”
Akdere coordinates the organizational leadership program in the Department of Technology Leadership & Innovation at the Purdue Polytechnic Institute. He has published extensively about integrating quality through leadership in business processes and has more than 15 years of research and consulting experience. He earned his doctorate in human resource development with a minor in human resources and industrial relations from the University of Minnesota.
Akdere will attend a three-day intensive examiner training at the headquarters of the National Institute of Standards and Technology in Gaithersburg, Maryland, in May before starting his service on the board in June.