Why Kaizen is thriving in the new economy

The corporate environment is changing, and many of the innovations that have taken hold in recent years – social media, mobile tech, cloud computing and crowdfunding, to name a few – have had little or no time to grow in a robust economy. Now that the economy is finally showing signs of a significant rebound,

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Top brands exhibit benefits of Lean and environmental sustainability

Business sustainability is no longer just a matter of environmental consciousness. Increasingly, savvy executives and corporate managers are acknowledging the operational benefits of sustainability, particularly as they relate to cost savings, procurement and public relations. However, new research suggests corporate leaders are ineffective in achieving sustainability goals, even as Lean practices take hold and revolutionize

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Why Lean has been so popular in the manufacturing sector

In the wake of the global economic downturn, companies have shown increased interest in waste reduction programs such as Lean, Six Sigma and Kaizen. With widespread market uncertainty, rising energy costs and diversifying supply networks, the need to eliminate inefficiencies and operational excess has become an imperative. In regards to manufacturing, this concept has already

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How are companies using digitial materials to train employees?

A growing number of organizations are adopting digital technologies to train their employees and improve operational efficiency. The advent of tablet computers has broadened the training possibilities for development managers, and the addition of traditional classroom work only expands learning potential. As technology builds upon itself, companies are forced to implement strategies for effectively teaching

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Lab workflow, research & development and Lean management

Lean management and process improvement are often associated with private sector endeavors, but many professionals in public and nonprofit organizations are beginning to glean similar benefits from optimization efforts. Scientists have always trumpeted efficiency as paramount to good research, but now they are beginning to apply Lean techniques to laboratory workflow and procedures. However, there

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How Lean management can help in healthcare delivery

Hospitals and healthcare organizations stand to benefit substantially from the implementation of Lean management and process improvement techniques. While such strategies originated in the private sector as a means of improving operational performance and efficiency, healthcare firms are beginning to glean similar benefits from Lean management. But many organizations fail to take full advantage of

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Lean processes for new line of GE refrigerators help environment, US employment

General Electric, a long-time proponent of Lean Manufacturing efforts, is launching a new sustainability strategy for its line of “smart” refrigerators that it hopes will save the company millions while also curbing its environmental footprint. Touting its “Ecoimagination” campaign, GE's new refrigerators are among the first to pioneer the use of cyclopentane foam, which scales

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