Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxvi
  2. Akio Hosono, John Page, Go Shimada
    Pages 1-27 Open Access
  3. John Page
    Pages 29-44 Open Access
  4. Introducing and Implementing Kaizen

  5. The Effectiveness of Kaizen in Large Companies

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 169-169
    2. Filipe Lage de Sousa, Mauricio Canêdo-Pinheiro, Bernardo Pereira Cabral, Glaucia Estefânia de Sousa Ferreira
      Pages 221-243 Open Access
  6. Effectiveness of Kaizen for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 245-245
    2. Vu Hoang Nam, Nguyen Thi Tuong Anh, Doan Quang Hung
      Pages 247-267 Open Access
    3. Charles Godfred Ackah, Richmond Atta-Ankomah, Johnson Appiah Kubi
      Pages 269-292 Open Access
    4. Nestor O. Raneses, Nelson G. Cainghog, Mili-Ann M. Tamayao, Kristine Mae C. Gotera
      Pages 293-316 Open Access
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 317-327

About this book


This open access book provides a glimpse into the Japanese management technique known as “Kaizen,” and the ways it has been disseminated around the developing world. The novelty of this book is three-fold: it provides a contextualized view of the mechanisms of initiatives implementing Kaizen in developing countries; compared with productivity studies, it places the relationship between workers and managers at the center of inquiry, reflecting the intent of SDG8 concerning decent work and economic growth; and it provides an overview of the heterogeneity of Kaizen in terms of geography and firm size. 

This book explores how improving management techniques can support firms’ productivity and quality. Given its wide range of case studies from across Africa, Asia and Latin America, this book will be of value to scholars, policymakers and advocates of sustainable development alike.

Akio Hosono is senior research adviser to the JICA Research Institute. Holding a doctorate in economics from the University of Tokyo, he has held a variety of academic posts, including a period as Director of the JICA Research Institute from 2011 to 2013.

John Page is a Senior Fellow in the Global Economy and Development Program at the Brookings Institution in Washington, DC and has held positions at Princeton University, USA, the World Bank, Oxford University, UK, and the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies, Tokyo, Japan.
Go Shimada is an Associate Professor of Meiji University and a visiting scholar at the JICA Research Institute. He holds a PhD from Waseda University.


Open Access Kaizen Industrial Planning Management Corporate Structure Sustainable Development

Editors and affiliations

  • Akio Hosono
    • 1
  • John Page
    • 2
  • Go Shimada
    • 3
  1. 1.JICA Research InstituteTokyoJapan
  2. 2.The Brookings InstitutionWashington, DCUSA
  3. 3.School of Information and CommunicationMeiji UniversityTokyoJapan

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2020
  • License CC BY
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Singapore
  • eBook Packages Economics and Finance
  • Print ISBN 978-981-15-0363-4
  • Online ISBN 978-981-15-0364-1
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