Is there a quality / innovation link?

I cannot attend the innovation meeting as I am involved in Animated Exeter ( see later post) but it is an interesting topic. So far I have not made much of a case for looking at Plan-Do-Check/Study-Act as relevent for experimentality. In blog mode I am turning to blunt language, could go back to longer forms later.

Since "Making Quality Critical" by Wilkinson and Willmott I think people who study learning and leadership think of quality as rigid and restricting. Maybe this is because of experience in universities. But I still think it is an area worth studying.

The ISO management standards are all featuring the sequence/cycle of Plan-Do-Check/Study-Act. Why is this? How would it work? It is not obvious that it works easily. Deming case studies are most convincing in Japan, not the USA. So is the meaning variation of check and study more than translation?

I think quality is a mode two subject. It is almost always in an actual situation, and uses any theory that helps.

Is there a link to design?

Also, again what is this about the "dark side" of mode two? Where is this written in a form that is public?