Oki Electric Co.
At Tôhoku Oki Electric Co., the
suggestion system is the center of their success and leads all of
their improvement efforts. The company gets 570 suggestions per
employee per year (app. 1.5 written ideas per employee per workday).
Kaizen: 5 Principles
Japan Human Relations Association (JHRA)
Japan Human Relations Association
(JHRA) is leading the quick and easy kaizen efforts throughout Japan
with its training programs, workshops, and publications. JHRA only
promotes quick and easy kaizen. They dropped all of the other HR
functions for they believe that
quick and easy kaizen
is the best way to develop human resources within a company.
Areas Targeted by
TQM in Japan
At Fidelity Investments
commitment to Kaizen is reflected in its
performance management and
compensation systems. Each fall, Fidelity companies establish business goals
for the coming business year. These goals are tiered through the company's
various divisions down to the
manager level. Many of these goals are focused on improvements in existing
products or processes...
8 Key Elements
Production System (CPS)
Canon employees are offering around 50
improvement ideas per year per employee.
In some Canon plants, the foremen are
told to set aside the half-hour as Kaizen time – time to do nothing
but thinking improvement in the workshop. The foremen use this
period to identify problems and work on Kaizen programs.
Each Canon employee receives a 55-page
pocket-size CPS Notebook that explains the CPS, how to get Kaizen
targets, and the award system. These CPS Notebooks also have special
pages entitled "My Self-Development Goals – Method, Tools, and
Investment" to be filled in by the worker...
Toyota Production System