Masaaki Imai, the crusading proponent of kaizen and head of the Kaizen Institute in Japan, fills his follow-up work with exhausting detail — so exhausting, in fact, that only the most dedicated apostles of the theory will want to take up Gemba Kaizen. This is not a work for the backyard hammock or the typical airless office of a line supervisor — the group it most arguably is aimed at. The reader needs an atrium library, some high-quality caffeine and a good stock of note paper and No. That said, Gemba Kaizen is not uninteresting. The influence of kaizen is pervasive in American industry, even though many American managers would not recognize the Japanese word. Kaizen basically means continuous improvement, an approach that has been adopted in hundreds of manufacturing settings in the United States and elsewhere around the world.
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Shelves: management-business This books interesting title spawns from the Japanese language, which serves as the nomenclature for the essential concepts conveyed in this text. This book communicates the concept of management which grew out of Japan, was popularized in the s, and served as the philosophy for companies like Toyota. Management texts like this and Demings famous fourteen points taught and continue to teach the international business community about running better businesses.
The philosophy of this work is simple. Instead of focusing on goal-achievement as many in the West have , workers should focus on continual improvement the kaizen of their work practices the gemba. Each day, they should try to eliminate some wasted energy or product from their work the muda. I find this philosophy more congruent with my understanding of my work in the sciences and in research.
It facilitates open-ended work instead of predefined and often constricting goals. Although the concepts are commonplace in leading American businesses today, the nomenclature was introduced to me from a group at the University of Alabama at Birmingham who use it to manage their medical center.
After pages of theory, this book also contains about additional pages of use cases where these concepts are applied to many businesses in many different situations across many continents. It is relevant to areas as disperse as manufacturing, medical practice, and software development.
Gemba Kaizen: A Commonsense, Low-Cost Approach to Management
Gemba Kaizen. A Commonsense, Low-Cost Approach to Management