Challenges and prospects of implementing change management tools: Kaizen (The case of Wonji and Kadisco Chemical Industries)

Desalegn Urgessa Yadeta, Zerihun Abera Gudissa

Abstract


This study investigated the challenges and prospects of implementing change management tools focusing on kaizen due to the fact that continuous improvement process is part of every manufacturing company in today’s consolidated competition. The kaizen philosophy is considered a viable tool in these organizations to improve organizational performance and this study explored challenges and prospects of kaizen implementation in Wonji sugar factory and Kadisco chemical factory. The major conclusions of the study were that the top management’s commitment, kaizen training, development and communication of clear and specific goals and objectives about kaizen, interdisciplinary kaizen team formation, roles played by different kaizen participants including team leader, team member, and consultant and process owner were moderate and therefore hinders the successful implementation of Kaizen philosophy in Wonji and Kadisco Chemical Industries. Therefore, continuous achievement of improvement at all levels requires that ongoing training position be maintained and improved further.Top management’s  involvement should be maintained throughout the implementation processes and kaizen team formation should be undertaken in such a way that it inculcates every one from each and possible field of specializations so that it opens a room for viewing a single problem from different perspectives to ensure global optimization.

Keywords: Kaizen, Continuous improvement, Top management commitment, Process owner, leaders and consultants.


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