1st Edition

Kaizen Teian 1
Developing Systems for Continuous Improvement Through Employee Suggestions

ISBN 9781563271861
Published May 26, 1997 by Productivity Press
218 Pages

USD $46.95

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Book Description

Kaizen teian -- the Japanese-style proposal system for continuous improvement -- is the most direct and effective method for channeling employees' creative energies and hands-on insight. This book is the first in a new three-volume set that brings the management, guidance, and development of kaizen teian systems into perfect focus.

This first volume explains many aspects of running a proposal program on a day-to-day basis and provides cartoon examples of successful kaizen teian programs in four major Japanese organizations. This concise reference outlines the policies that support a "bottom-up" system of innovation and defines the three main objectives of kaizen teian: to build participation, develop individuals' skills, and achieve higher profits. (Originally published by Nikkan Kogyo Shimbun, Ltd.)

Table of Contents

  1. What is kaizen?
  2. What is a teian system?
  3. Creating a system of walking suggestion boxes
  4. From company-oriented suggestions to job-oriented proposals
  5. Ideas have value only when implemented
  6. From untried suggestions to implemented improvement proposals
  7. The cycle of kaizen teian activity
  8. Evaluation standards: simple rules for quick decisions
  9. Examples of implemented improvement proposal activity
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"Filled with many practical little gems, many of which debunk common myths about reasons why suggestion systems succeed and fail."

Rick Maurer, Author, Caught in the Middle 06/01/04