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Kaizen: The Key to Japan's Competitive Success

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For the professional manager or student of management, a comprehensive handbook of 16 Kaizen management practices that can be put to work. KAIZEN uses more than 100 examples in action and contains 15 corporate case studies.
Hardcover, 260 pages
Published November 1st 1986 by Irwin/McGraw-Hill (first published 1985)
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Jul 26, 2008 Viswanath rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I learnt what is continuous improvement. Quality should be designed from top and implemented from bottom, It is both ways . We get a perspective on what is Just-In-Time and Just-In-Case
Mar 26, 2012 Sean rated it really liked it
Great book for personal and business.
Nov 14, 2015 Gina rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Excellent book about continuous improvement whether in a corporate environment or on a personal level. Kaizen is about continuous improvement. Quality should be encouraged from top & implemented from bottom. It's success is coming from both directions working together for the common goals. This book provides a understanding of Kaizen concepts like analytical approach, & PDCA (Plan-Do-Check-Act). Very relevant for today!
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Nov 07, 2014 Evan Leybourn rated it really liked it
While this book may be several decades old, and the Japanese miracle no longer as relevant as once it was, it is by no means out of date. This book will provide you with a practical understanding of continuous improvement and how that relates to corporate performance and leadership.

I would recommend this book for beginners and anyone wanting a refresh on Kaizen
May 23, 2009 John rated it really liked it
bottom line, get everyone involved, ask questions... share information... best way to uncover system requirements and bring everyone on board with new ideas... helps to overcome the fear of change... respect all involved... janitor to ceo.
Robert Wood
Jun 11, 2016 Robert Wood rated it it was amazing
A masterpiece. Becoming successful is a lot of work. This book is a road map to success. These principles, when applied as intended are sure to make your organization work better for you. A must read.
Dec 30, 2008 Yayan rated it it was ok
Jepang saat ini mulai jadi benchmark beberapa perusahaan Asia, perbedaan pendekatan management Jepang vs USA adalah, Jepang lebih mengutamakan proses, sedangkan USA lebih mengutamakan hasil..
Steve Whiting
Feb 17, 2016 Steve Whiting rated it really liked it
Places Kaizen in context of TQC and corporate culture - Kaizen as an attitude and mindset and rather than just a process improvement technique. Well worth a read.
Jun 10, 2013 Al rated it it was amazing
Interesting and easy to read - also fairly easy to apply in any context. The author seems to have a bit of an "anti-westerner" axe to grind but as you continue reading, I think you will see why.
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Sep 16, 2011 Yogesh Raut rated it really liked it
Excellent book for KAIZEN. Nicely wriiten with practical approach for implementing KAIZEN within organization.
Jan 01, 2015 Mdthelen rated it it was amazing
Imai was one of the original thinkers. Both Kaizen and Gemba Kaizen are great additions to any lean library.
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Masaaki Imai is the Founder of Kaizen Institute which was established in Switzerland in 1985 to help companies implement the practice of kaizen and the various systems and tools known today as Lean Management. Today Kaizen Institute Consulting Group (KICG) is the leading global operational excellence consultancy with over 400 professiona
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