A comparative assessment of Kaizen events within an organization

June M. Worley, Toni L. Doolen, Eileen M. Van Aken, Jennifer Farris

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Abstract

Many industries have begun to incorporate Kaizen events into their improvement programs with varied success. While some events may yield many positive results, some may not. In a study of nine different organizations, a research framework was developed to identify the key variables that should be considered in the design and management of Kaizen events. Data was collected on twelve Kaizen events occurring in one organization over a seven-month period. As a result of this study, the research team has identified variables for organizational leaders to consider in planning and conducting Kaizen events, such as the development of Kaizen event goals and Kaizen event sponsorship.

Original languageEnglish
Pages174-179
Number of pages6
StatePublished - 2007
EventIIE Annual Conference and Expo 2007 - Industrial Engineering's Critical Role in a Flat World - Nashville, TN, United States
Duration: May 19 2007May 23 2007

Conference

ConferenceIIE Annual Conference and Expo 2007 - Industrial Engineering's Critical Role in a Flat World
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityNashville, TN
Period05/19/0705/23/07

Keywords

  • Continuous improvement
  • Kaizen blitz
  • Lean manufacturing
  • Rapid change

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