Applying The Kaizen Management Model Into Process Theory

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Process theory
Process theory argues that occurrences are a result of certain input states leading to a certain (output) state, following a set process. According to process theory, if an outcome is to be replicated, then the inputs that lead to this outcome must be replicated also (Soh & Markus, 1995). Keep this in mind throughout the body of the report, as JEDAH will refer to implementing the Kaizen Management model into process theory, in order to provide recommendations.

Kaizen Management

Kaizen is a Japanese word that means “improvement”. Therefore, when this is applied to business, it refers to activities that continuously improve functions within the business. These results come from the involvement of all employees, not just the managers (Imai, 1991). Kaizen promotes efficient running of businesses through standardized processes and activities. There are two Kaizen approaches which can be applied to business; Flow kaizen and process Kaizen (Misiurek, 2016)
Flow Kaizen refers to the flowing of materials and information. Organising a new design and layout for a production area is a simple example of implementing flow kaizen. On the other hand, process kaizen involves improving individual components, for example, increasing the efficiency of each production worker and their individual role (Misiurek, 2016). Although process kaizen is more likely to be used for continuous movement, businesses must call upon both process and flow kaizen to ensure this outcome. If…
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