This paper examines the challenges faced by Japanese manufacturers during the process of transferring kaizen to overseas subsidiaries. Case study research was conducted among l5 Japanese manufacturers in the Netherlands. The first-level analysis confirms the conclusions from the literature that the major issues during the process of kaizen implementation abroad are low managerial commitment, communication difficulties, and high labour turnover. However a second-level analysis reveals that the use of Japanese expatriates itself turns out to be the root cause of these major problems. This study suggests that an effective approach for successful kaizen transfer involves installing a local managing director who is committed to kaizen implementation.
|Journal of strategic management studies
|Published - 2011
- Japanese manufacturing companies
- International kaizen transfer