Businessorganizations, government agencies and nonprofit organizations haveadopted various strategies and programs that are aimed at improvingefficiency and the ability of the organization to meet objectives.One of these programs is Kaizen. Although it Kaizen course isextensive and may more months or years to train effectively, modernusage has led to what is referred to as Kaizen blitz. This is aprogram that is designed to take about one week. Although it haslimited scope compared to Kaizen, it has a significant influence onthe efficiency of processes in an organization (Gloveret al, 2013). The author also notes that kaizen blitz can also be referred to asbreakthrough event, rapid improvement events, and also acceleratedimprovement workshop.
Kaizenis a philosophy borrowed from the Japanese management models.Basically, it is a practice of continuous improvement. The originalkaizen philosophy was introduced to the western economy by MasaakiImai in his famous book Kaizen:The Key to Japan’s Competitive Success in 1986.Since then, the Japanese philosophy has been studies extensively inthe western world and other economies. It has evolved into a pillarof organizational success and competitiveness. The main rationale ofKaizen is continuous improvement with an aim of ensuring that a jobis done accurately and at the least time possible. This is based onthe view that good practices will result into good result, team work,corrective action targeting the root cause of the problems and therole of everybody in continuous improvement (Bodek,2010).Therefore, the author makes a correct observation that other processimprovement programs such as lean manufacturing and total qualitymanagement is based on Kaizen. It is also important to note thatkaizen is applicable in all organizations, although it was mainlydeveloped for manufacturing industry. Therefore, organizations willalways make some adjustments in order to be more applicable to theorganization. Due to the success associated with kaizen, more andmore business organizations are finding it necessary to adopt it.Additionally, there are numerous studies and research on training,application and effectiveness of kaizen principles in processimprovement.
Theauthor gives a fairly good summary of the article. Throughout theworld, organizations are seeking ways to improve their operation andenhance competitiveness. By improving processes, kaizen principlesplay an important role in ensuring that the company runs smoothly bycreating an environment in which people are able to work as a team.The author also notes that since the mid 1980s, Kaizen hascontributed in organization management in different parts of theworld. The two main expected outcomes of kaizen application areimprovement of the process and development of resources that cansustain the process.
Theauthor also links kaizen to biblical principles. The main facet ofKaizen principles is ensuring that tasks are completed accurately andquickly. The author links this to the teaching of the bible inColossians 3:23 which say “Whatever you do, work at it with all ofyour heart, as working for the Lord, not for the men” and Titus2:7-9, which say “In everything set them an example by doingwhat is good”.
Isupport the view of the author that Kaizen blitz has numerousapplications in organization due to its abilities to simplify theprocess. The implementation of kaizen may take months and years toimplement, but Kaizen blitz which can be implemented within a weekhas proved to be an important tool in numerous organizations.
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