Masaaki Imai


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Management Guru, Kaizen Pioneer, Founder of Kaizen Institutex

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 professionals located in offices across 30 countries serving clients in 25 languages.

Over the last three decades Mr. Imai has authored books and articles, held lectures on kaizen, quality, leadership, Lean and other related management subjects, has consulted with global companies, introduced kaizen as a commonsense continuous improvement approach on every inh
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Gemba Kaizen: A Commonsense...

4.10 avg rating — 496 ratings — published 1997 — 21 editions
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Kaizen. La clave de la vent...

3.99 avg rating — 346 ratings — published 1985 — 17 editions
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Collaborating for Change: G...

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Kaizen / Japonya'nın Rekabe...

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16 Ways to Avoid Saying No ...

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Gemba Kaizen. Un approccio ...

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The Japanese Businessman: A...

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Strategic Kaizen: Using Flo...

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Never Take YES for an Answe...

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“The essence of 5S is to follow what has been agreed on. It begins with discarding what we don’t need in the gemba (seiri) and then arranging all the necessary items in the gemba in an orderly manner (seiton). Then a clean environment must be sustained so that we can readily identify abnormalities (seiso), and these three steps must be maintained on a continuous basis (shitsuke).”
Masaaki Imai, Gemba Kaizen: A Commonsense Approach to a Continuous Improvement Strategy

“The starting point for improvement is to recognize the need.”
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“When you solve one problem, you will see ten more.”
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