Development of Kaizen case-base for effective technology transfer-a case of visual management technology

Koichi Murata, Hiroshi Katayama*

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    In this paper, focusing on visual management (VM) technology as an effective vehicle of continuous improvement activities, Kaizen case-base and its effectiveness are discussed by following three steps. For the first step, a framework of a Kaizen case transfer is placed to develop for effective VM development and transfer. For the second step, an example of VM case-base is constructed by using VM cases collected through a literature survey and factory investigations. For the third step, performance of the example VM case-base is validated by applying the proposed procedure, which consists of: (1) clarifying instances of current Kaizen problem; (2) retrieving Kaizen case-base by using established instances to detect applicable Kaizen cases; (3) developing suitable Kaizen cases to solve the current problem effectively; (4) applying suitable Kaizen cases to the current problem; and. (5) registering applied Kaizen cases for the current problem in Kaizen case-base, instances of it being clarified.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)4901-4917
    Number of pages17
    JournalInternational Journal of Production Research
    Issue number16
    Publication statusPublished - 2010 Jan


    • Case-base
    • Kaizen technology
    • Management technology transfer
    • Retrieval system
    • SME
    • Total productive maintenance (TPM)
    • Visual management (VM) technology

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering
    • Management Science and Operations Research
    • Strategy and Management


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