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kaizen

(ki'zen?) [Japanese kaizen, improvement]
Management of inventory stock and work processes in industry, adapted to health care institutions.
Synonym: continuous performance improvement
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The funding will support around twenty companies to take the first steps towards the SC21 Continuous Improvement programme with the Welsh Government providing 50% of the costs of joining the scheme.
Secondly, as continuous improvement involves making changes to the very practices that frontline workers use in their work, trust in leadership is critical.
They might instead argue that Rolls has in fact redirected much needed continuous improvement resources and efforts, with the end result being a modified process that contains all the ingredients required to meet the new regulations but still represents nothing more than another sporadic process tweak.
To meet this requirement, all workers--those in maintenance as well as operations, planning, research, accounting and others--must learn the importance of their new, expanded roles, and undergo training to learn the techniques and processes of continuous improvement.
Applying the TQM concept of continuous improvement to a TQM conference: How to make a very good conference even better.
In many continuous improvement processes, you make a recommendation and then noodle around with it for six months before making a decision.
CPAs should focus on continuous improvement, looking for ways to make the process of assessing company-level controls more efficient and the controls more effective.
Developmental portfolios are well suited for reflective practice, critical inquiry, and collegial feedback as a means to strive for continuous improvement of classroom practices.
By assigning an officer of the company to oversee, on an enduring basis, the process by which we achieve continuous improvement, we ensure the necessary emphasis throughout the organization on this highest of priorities.
The framework for problem solving and the two sets of tools that are part of systems for continuous improvement offer concrete means of moving from the philosophical notion of continuous quality improvement to the practical tactics required to actually improve quality and manage the library.
Author Clive Shearer is uniquely positioned to discuss the evolution of continuous improvement and to supply insight for use by professionals in service-oriented businesses.
Total quality -- the involvement of all employees in continuous improvement of an organization's products and services to customers -- has been called a thought revolution in management.
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