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Reference no. 9-619-016
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Published by:
Harvard Business Publishing (2019)
Version:
22 July 2019
Revision date:
29-Aug-2019
Length:
8 pages
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Abstract

Kaizen, meaning change for the better in Japanese, is a set of activities directed at improving standardized work, equipment, and procedures for carrying out daily production or other business operations. It was popularized by Toyota as an integral part of its Toyota Production System. This note provides describes some of the underlying practices, and a simple outline for conducting a kaizen event.

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Continuous improvement; Operations & processes; Process improvement; Production; Toyota production system
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> 1 billion; Fortune 500

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