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Kaizen Case Studies 

The Japanese Strategy of Continuous Improvement


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The Key Kaizen Practices

Continuous Improvement Culture

Production Process

Two Parts of Kaizen Management

  Cross-functional Management

  Policy Deployment

7 Goals of the Japanese Suggestion System

  1. Making the job easier

  2. Removing drudgery from the job

  3. Removing nuisance from the job

  4. Making the job safer

  5. Making the job more productive

  6. Improving product quality

  7. Saving time and cost... More



Quick and Easy Kaizen

3 Key Characteristics

  Permanent method changes. Change the method. Once the change is made, you can’t go back to the old way of doing things... More

Kaizen and Kaikaku

  • Kaizen is evolutionary, focused on incremental improvements.

  • Kaikaku is revolutionary, focused on radical improvements

10 Kaikaku Tips

Balanced Organization: 5 Basic Elements

Performance Management (Water):

Suggestion systems involve all employees in continuous efficiency improvement... More

Implementing Kaizen: 7 Conditions

Example of a Truly Lean Value Chain

What is Kaizen?

Kaizen means "improvement". Kaizen strategy calls for never-ending efforts for improvement involving everyone in the organization – managers and workers alike. 

Kaizen Mindset

Kaizen Culture: 8 Key Elements

Continuous Improvement Firm  Download PowerPoint presentation, pdf e-book

Kaizen and Management

Management has two major components:

1. maintenance, and

2. improvement... More



Kaizen and Corporate Culture

Kaizen is an integral part of corporate culture of a Continuous Improvement Firm (CIF). It requires continuous both conscious and sub-conscious thinking about improvements from everyone. Nurturing and effectively integrating Kaizen into corporate culture is not easy. It requires a sustained effort. But, as Toyota has demonstrated, it offers a more sustained competitive advantage... More

Kaizen and Lean Manufacturing

Lean Enterprise: Kore 10 Tips

Kaizen is the heart of Lean Manufacturing (also known as the Toyota Production System). Toyota states: "...based on the concept of continuous improvement, or Kaizen, every Toyota team member is empowered with the ability to improve their work environment. This includes everything from quality and safety to the environment and productivity. Improvements and suggestions by team members are the cornerstone of Toyota's success."

The Toyota Way: 14 Principles



Process-Oriented Thinking vs. Result-Oriented Thinking

Kaizen concentrates at improving the process rather than at achieving certain results. Such managerial attitudes and process thinking make a major difference in how an organization masters change and achieves improvements.

Employee Empowerment: the Suggestion System

Problem Solving Strategies: 4 Levels  Download PowerPoint presentation, pdf e-book

The suggestion system is an integral part of an established management system that aims at involving employees in Kaizen. The number of worker's suggestions is regarded as an important criteria in reviewing the performance of the worker's supervisor and the manager of the supervisor.

8 Rules for Quality Management

The Japanese management encourages employees to generate a great number of suggestions and works hard to consider and implement these suggestions, often incorporating them into the overall Kaizen strategy. Management also gives due recognition to employee's efforts for improvement. An important aspect of the suggestion system is that each suggestion, once implemented, leads to an upgraded standard. Quality control (QC) circles can be viewed as a group-oriented suggestion system for making improvements. QC circle is a small group that voluntarily performs quality-control activities in the workplace.

Areas Targeted by TQM in Japan

Total quality control (TQC) involves everyone in the organization and is aimed at improvement of managerial performance at all levels... More



Case Studies Tôhoku 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)... More







Kaizen Culture

8 Elements    3 Pillars    Japan vs. West

Kaizen Mindset    Kaizen and Innovation

Kaizen and Kaikaku >> 10 Kaikaku Commandments

Lean Production

Kore 10 Tips

3 Broad Types of Waste    7 Wastes    5S    Just-in-Time (JIT)

Efficiency Improvement

CIF  >>  CIF vs. MP    3Ps of CIF    CIF Implementation  >>  PDSA

Manufacturing Strategies Used by US and Japanese Companies

Total Quality Management (TQM)

Kaizen and Total Quality Management (TQM)

TQM Practices: Japan vs. the West    Customer-focused TQM

Areas Targeted by TQM in Japan

Process-managed Enterprise

Process Thinking


Kaizen    CIF    JIT    Japanese-style Suggestion System

Toyota Production System (TPS)    Canon    Fidelity Investments

Toyota Problem Solving Techniques >> 5-Why Technique

14 TQM Slogans at Pentel, Japan

Bunsha: A Japanese Spin Off Concept for Business Growth

EKICHAWO ‒ Empowered Kids Change the World

Soichiro Honda quotes

After materials are carried into the factory, nothing but products

should be carried out from it.  >>>

Soichiro Honda


Edward Deming advice quotes

The job can't be finished
only improved
to please the customer.

Edward Deming

Thought Leader

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