What is Kaizen?

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


Vadim Kotelnikov advice quotes

Everything can and should be improved
‒ look for improvement opportunities constantly.

Vadim Kotelnikov

Vadim Kotelnikov, founder of 1000ventures - personal logo    Business e-Coach    Innompic Games icon






Two Parts of Kaizen Management

Cross-functional Management

Policy Deployment


  Areas Targeted by TQM in Japan

10 Kaikaku Tips






Employee Empowerment: Suggestion System

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. The suggestion system is an integral part of an established management system that aims at involving employees in Kaizen... 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








Examples  >>  Kaizen  /  CIF  /  JIT  / 



Every company could be made more efficient
‒ save resources, energy and increase production for everyone ‒

following the Kaizen principles.







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



Process- 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.

Quick and Easy Kaizen

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

Balanced Organization

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

Case Studies Tôhoku Oki Electric Co.

The company gets 570 improvement suggestions per employee per year... More


Manufacturing Strategies Used by US and Japanese Companies  >>  TQM    Bunsha

Areas Targeted by TQM in Japan



Soichiro Honda quotes

After materials are carried into the factory, nothing but products should be carried out from it.  >>>

Soichiro Honda




7 Goals of the Japanese Suggestion System

❶  Making the job easier

❷  Removing drudgery from the job

❸  Removing nuisance from the job

❹  Making the job safer

❺  Making the job more productive

❻  Improving product quality

❼  Saving time and cost... More


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



    5S    Just-in-Time (JIT)





Edward Deming advice quotes

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

Edward Deming