George E. P. Box

Alternative names:

Dr. George Box, George Edward Pelham Box


All books by George E. P. Box

  • Evolutionary Operation: A Statistical Method for Process Improvement
    Evolutionary Operation (EVOP), is a simple but powerful statistical tool with wide application in business. What originally motivated the introduction of EVOP, was the idea that the widespread and daily use of simple statistical design and analysis during routine production by process operatives themselves could reap enormous additional rewards.


  • The Art of Discovery   view details
    Quotes by George Box in the video: “The scientific method is how we increase the rate at which we find things out.” “I think the quality revolution is nothing more, or less, than the dramatic expansion of the of scientific problem solving using informed observation and directed experimentation to find out more about the process, the product and the customer.” “Tapping into resources: Every operating system generates information that can be used to improve it. Everyone has creativity. Designed experiments can greatly increase the efficiency of experimentation."
  • Statistics for Discovery   view details
    This report explores why investigators in engineering and the physical sciences rarely use statistics. It is argued that statistics has been overly influenced by mathematical methods rather than the scientific method and consequent the subject has been gr
  • Detecting Malfunctions in Dynamic Systems   view details
    Computer controls are increasingly being employed in systems ranging from simple to very complex. This report explores extending these computer systems to include monitoring schemes to detect malfunctions.
  • The Scientific Context of Quality Improvement   view details
    Scientific method is a key ingredient in the new philosophy of quality and productivity improvement. This paper provides an overview. A discussion of new ideas of how to design quality into products and processes is provided and Taguchi's work is evaluated.
  • Good Quality Costs Less? How Come?   view details
    It is sometimes supposed that the manufacture of high quality goods must be expensive. The reasons why this need not be so and why quality should cost less are discussed. Publication: Quality Engineering, 1990-91, Vol. 3, No. 1, pp. 85-90.

All articles by George E. P. Box

Author Quotes

  • The benefits provided by worker participation are twofold. Quality is improved because of the finding and fixing of a very large number of problems, but also, and perhaps equally important, moral is improved.

    Box on Quality and Discovery

  • The old-fashioned idea of a good manager is one who is supposed to know all the answers, can solve every problem himself, and can give appropriate orders to his subordinates to carry out his plans... A good modern manager is like a good coach who leads and encourages his team in never-ending quality improvement.

    Box on Quality and Discovery

  • Statistics is, or should be, about scientific investigation and how to do it better, but many statisticians believe it is a branch of mathematics.

  • the management system which makes only a pretense of valuing employee involvement and encouraging employee empowerment merely breeds cynicism.

    Box on Quality and Discovery

  • All Models Are Wrong But Some Are Useful

    Robustness in Statistics

  • Acceleration of knowledge generation also emphasizes the need for life long education. The trained teacher, scientist or engineer can no longer regard what they have learned at the university as supplying their needs for the rest of their lives.

    Total Quality: Its Origins and its Future

  • Management must provide employees with tools that will enable them to do their jobs better, and with encouragement to use these tools. In particular, they must collect data.

    The Scientific Context of Quality Improvement

  • Every process generates information that can be used to improve it.

    George Box Webcast on Statistical Design in Quality Improvement

  • The quality revolution is nothing more, or less, than the dramatic expansion of the of scientific problem solving using informed observation and directed experimentation to find out more about the process, the product and the customer.

    The Art of Discovery

  • The only way to find out what will happen when a complex system is disturbed is to disturb the system, not merely to observe it passively.

    Data Analysis and Regression: A Second Course in Statistics

Web sites

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  • Center for Quality and Productivity Improvement
    Founded in 1985 by George E.P. Box and the William Hunter at the University of Wisconsin - Madison. The technical report series is one of the best online management resources with reports authors including: George Box, W. Edwards Deming, Peter Scholtes, Kaoru Ishikawa, William Hunter, Gipsie Ranney and Brian Joiner. Sadly the center has abandoned the ideas of George Box and Bill Hunter. It once was a very important center for thought about management improvement. The legacy left by Box and Hunter has been lost. I find this very sad and a huge insult to the memories of those great men. Bill Hunter was my father and built the Center after he was diagnosed with fatal cancer because it was a useful way to provide benefit to the world. Seeing that cause abandoned I find insulting and extremely unfortunate for all those that no longer have the possibility of benefiting from the vision of Box and Hunter through the center. Thankfully many people that learned from them have continued to build upon their work. And their books, writing and other material continue to inspire those interested in management improvement.
  • Statistics for Experimenters
    Web site for the classic book on design of experiments. Includes a search engine for statistics sites for managers.