Kai-Zen is Japanese for "improvement", or "change for the better“. It refers to philosophy or practices that focuses upon continuous improvement of processes in manufacturing, engineering, game development, and business management, amongst others. When used in the business sense and applied to the workplace, kaizen refers to activities that continually improve all functions, and involves all employees from the CEOs to the assembly line workers.
Over the years, organizations have been successfully practicing Kaizen for excellence and have realized that the basic imperatives to survive in today’s competitive environment need “Kaizen - Continuous Improvement”.
With this background CII Southern Region Manufacturing Competitiveness Sub-Committee started the initiative of Kaizen Competition in 2006 in order to create awareness of the Best Kaizen Practices in the industry and make them known to all.
The compilations of case studies provided in this publication are the entries of CII SR Kaizen Competition 2011