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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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I would like to suggest that Kaizen should be pronounced as "Kaizen" and should not be confused with "Kaizan."
"Cell manufacturing and Kaizan (a Japanese concept for continuous improvement) go hand-in-hand," Kaupan says, "and have so far been used predominantly in the Southeast.
Problem is, in the corporate world, people don't yearn - except in a kaizan kind of way (a striving for perfection) - and people certainly don't fail, at least not in print.
The aim is to strive for continuous improvement, witnessed to by Kaizan groups and quality circles, for instance.
Some methods that appear to have been successful for the Japanese are process simplification, cycle-time reduction, and continuous improvement activities, otherwise known as "kaizan." An astounding 88 percent of U.S.
Florence's focus on progress and teamwork was bolstered by the Japanese corporate culture of kaizan, or continuous improvement.
When management had this big drive for kaizan [a management system emphasizing worker involvement in "continuous improvement"], we explained what it was and passed on experiences from the United States and other places.
Ed Frazelle of Georgia Tech noted that the secret is an emphasis on the design and innovative application of materials handling equipment combined with the concept of kaizan, or continuous improvement.
Juran (total quality management, TQM) and the application of Masaaki Imai's theory of "Kaizan" (continuous quality improvement, CQI), these buzzwords are becoming the internal "standard bearers" for the redesign of an organization's utilization and quality processes.
The Japanese "Kaizan" philosophy views problems as mountains of opportunities.
The squad isn't lacking in leaders as Baihakki Kaizan, Daniel Bennet and Mustafic Fahrudin are still in the squad.
'Kaizan' is very important and imperative for everybody in this world, and it can help Pakistan achieve many of its goals and objectives.