An evolutionary model of continuous improvement behaviour

Bessant, John, Caffyn, Sarah and Gallagher, Maeve (2001) An evolutionary model of continuous improvement behaviour Technovation, 21 (2). pp. 67-77. ISSN 0166-4972

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In today's complex and turbulent environments the need for continuous improvements in products and processes is widely recognised. But the mechanisms whereby such a continual stream of innovation can be achieved are often less clearly identified. One option is to mobilise a high proportion of the workforce in a process of sustained incremental problem-solving, but experience with this approach suggests that successfully doing so is far from simple. Although many programmes for ‘Kaizen’ or ‘continuous improvement’ based on employee involvement are started, the failure rate is high. This paper reports on extensive case-study based research exploring how high involvement in continuous improvement can be built and sustained as an organisational capability. It argues that this phenomenon needs to be viewed as a cluster of behavioural changes which establish innovation routines in the enterprise, and presents a reference model for assessment of progress in the evolution of such capability.

Item Type: Journal article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Continuous improvement; Kaizen; Incremental innovation; Employee involvement; Innovation routines; CENTRIM
Subjects: N000 Business and Management > N200 Management studies
N000 Business and Management > N200 Management studies > N210 Management techniques > N215 Change and Innovation
DOI (a stable link to the resource): 10.1016/S0166-4972(00)00023-7
Faculties: Brighton Business School > Centre for Research in Innovation Management
Depositing User: editor centrim
Date Deposited: 19 Mar 2010
Last Modified: 18 Jun 2010 11:30

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