Encyclopedia of Sustainability in Higher Education

2019 Edition
| Editors: Walter Leal Filho

Continuous Improvements and Sustainability

  • Rabiya KaraniEmail author
  • Madhavi Venkatesan
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-11352-0_271


Continuous improvement efforts can be defined as a methodology of actively and repeatedly making process improvements. Its focus is on improving communication of strategic goals that are guided by measuring and monitoring the production process. Continuous improvement is an ongoing activity aimed to raise organization-wide performance by making incremental and focused changes (Bessant and Caffyn 1997). Rapid and continuous improvements combine to achieve operational excellence that helps organizations sustain changes.


Increased complexity of services and fluctuating financial markets have increased risk faced by supply chains. Manufacturing processes are required to demonstrate acceptable social and environmental standards. Commercial pressures from government regulation and growing customer pressure for actions regarding renewable energy forms are listed as one of the main challenges faced by businesses. Furthermore, organizations now face internal pressures...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Northeastern UniversityBostonUSA

Section editors and affiliations

  • Madhavi Venkatesan
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of EconomicsNortheastern UniversityBostonUSA