Strategic Implementation of Continuous Improvement Approach

Improving the Performance of Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises

  • Jagdeep Singh
  • Harwinder Singh

Part of the SpringerBriefs in Operations Management book series (BRIEFSOPERMAN)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Jagdeep Singh, Harwinder Singh
    Pages 1-7
  3. Jagdeep Singh, Harwinder Singh
    Pages 9-24
  4. Jagdeep Singh, Harwinder Singh
    Pages 25-30
  5. Jagdeep Singh, Harwinder Singh
    Pages 31-52
  6. Jagdeep Singh, Harwinder Singh
    Pages 53-85
  7. Jagdeep Singh, Harwinder Singh
    Pages 87-109
  8. Jagdeep Singh, Harwinder Singh
    Pages 111-114
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 115-132

About this book


This book covers the strategic use of continuous improvement (CI) techniques for manufacturing performance improvement. It focuses primarily on strategies that can be adopted by small and middle-sized enterprises in manufacturing in order to meet the global challenges and competition. The book begins with an introduction to CI (or Kaizen), explaining different CI approaches and strategies. Chapter 2 offers a literature review of CI, examining conceptual frameworks, case studies, and surveys. Next, the book deals with the design of the study, detailing the work done in each phase along with the tools, techniques and models. Chapter 4 presents a detailed survey to determine the present status of continuous improvement strategies in the Indian manufacturing industry,  and to also assess the role of key enablers leading to improve the performance of manufacturing operations. Chapter 5 is comprised of detailed case studies to further analyze the application of the discussed CI strategies. The purpose of Chapter 6 is to develop the implementation plan based on multicriteria decision making for improving the performance of SMEs and synthesis of data using Decision making techniques and Structural Equation Modeling. Finally Chapter 7 provides conclusions, addresses potential limitations, and also looks to the future.


Continuous Improvement Continuous Improvement Approach Continuous Improvement Strategy Kaizen Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises SME Strategic Implementation Manufacturing Manufacturing Performance Improvement

Authors and affiliations

  • Jagdeep Singh
    • 1
  • Harwinder Singh
    • 2
  1. 1.Industrial and Production Engineering DepartmentDr B R Ambedkar NITJalandharIndia
  2. 2.Mechanical Engineering DepartmentGuru Nanak Dev Engineering CollegeLudhianaIndia

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Author(s), under exclusive licence to Springer International Publishing AG, part of Springer Nature 2019
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Business and Management
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-93120-3
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-93121-0
  • Series Print ISSN 2365-8320
  • Series Online ISSN 2365-8339
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