Kaizen - Japanese Continuous Improvement Strategy


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Kaizen Culture: 8 Key Elements


"Japanese management practices succeed simply because they are good management practices. This success has little to do with cultural factors. And the lack of cultural bias means that these practices can be and are just as successfully employed elsewhere."

~ Masaaki Imai  >>>


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Kaizen and Management

Management has two major components:

1. maintenance, and

2. improvement.

The objective of the maintenance function is to maintain current technological, managerial, and operating standards. The improvement function is aimed at improving current standards.

Under the maintenance function, the management must first establish policies, rules, directives and standard operating procedures (SOPs) and then work towards ensuring that everybody follows SOP. The latter is achieved through a combination of discipline and human resource development measures.

Under the improvement function, management works continuously towards revising the current standards, once they have been mastered, and establishing higher ones. Improvement can be broken down between innovation and Kaizen.

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Soichiro Honda quotes

After materials are carried into the factory, nothing but products

should be carried out from it.  >>>

Soichiro Honda


Henry Ford advice

The competitor to be feared is one who never bothers about you at all, but goes on making his own business better all the time.

Henry Ford

Ford Moror

Vadim Kotelnikov advice quotes

Everything can and should be improved ‒

look for opportunities!

Vadim Kotelnikov