Title

A Conceptual Framework for Assessing the Transferability of the the Japanese Kaizen Management Techniques to Manufacturing Plants in Ethiopia

Document Type

Article

Journal or Conference Title

Asian Journal of Business and Management Sciences

ISSN

2047-2528

Volume

1

Issue

6

First Page

9

Last Page

19

Publication Date

1-1-2011

Department

Barowsky School of Business

Abstract

Based on its competitive success in the 1990s, in its aid package to support growth for those countries late to industrialization, Japan has used its kaizen management system, (a continual process of improvement which is related to quality and productivity) to intensify the capacity development goals of Africa as monitored by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JITC). Fully convinced that the Japanese kaizen management model would be an effective strategy for latecomers like Ethiopia to industrialization and realizing that the contribution of the manufacturing sector to GDP is only about 5 %, employees of thirty pilot companies from Ethiopia were sent to Japan. Then, the Kaizen Unit was sent to Egypt, Tunisia, and Japan with employees of the pilot companies to have work-site observation and learn from the experience of the Japanese kaizen practitioner. The purpose of this paper is to review the literature and develop a conceptual framework for assessing the transferability of the Japanese “kaizen” management techniques to manufacturing plants in Ethiopia.

Rights

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Publisher Statement

Originally published as Desta, A. (2011). A conceptual framework for assessing the transferability of the Japanese Kaizen Management techniques to manufacturing plants in Ethiopia. Asian Journal of Business & Management Science 1 (2011), 6, 09-19.