Kaizen implementation: A best case analysis

Kodo Yokozawa, H.J. Steenhuis

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Abstract

This study add insights to the concept on kaizen and its implementation process based upon an in-depth case study at OMN, a Japanese manufacturer in the Netherlands which has successfully adopted kaizen concepts. It was found that employee discipline and personal-initiatives are the two critical organisational capabilities for kaizen. Additionally, this study provides an insight that kaizen implementation process can be abstracted to two cycles which gives a different perspective to the existing models. Furthermore, this study suggests that a new area of improvement (e.g. quality, cost, and delivery-time) can be a regenerative input to keep kaizen life cycle alive.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationBook of abstracts: 18th International Annual EurOMA Conference: Exploring interfaces, 3-6 July 2011
Place of PublicationCambridge, UK
PublisherUniversity of Cambridge
Pages73-73
ISBN (Print)978-1-902546-93-3
Publication statusPublished - 3 Jul 2011
Event18th International Annual EurOMA Conference 2011: Exploring interfaces - University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK
Duration: 3 Jul 20116 Jul 2011
Conference number: 18
http://www.euroma2011.org/

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PublisherUniversity of Cambridge, Institute for Manufacturing

Conference

Conference18th International Annual EurOMA Conference 2011
CityCambridge, UK
Period3/07/116/07/11
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Keywords

  • METIS-281246
  • IR-104308

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