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Applying the Kaizen in Africa

A New Avenue for Industrial Development

Editors: Otsuka, Keijiro, Jin, Kimiaki, Sonobe, Tetsushi (Eds.)

    • Provides empirical evidence of the benefits and challenges of Kaizen management practices
    • Reflects on cultural and sustainability issues of Kaizen
    • Highlights successes and failures in Africa to date, particularly looking at the cases of Ethiopia, Burkina Faso and Botswana

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About this book

At present, how to develop industries is a burning issue in Africa, where population growth remains high and economic development has thus far failed to provide sufficient jobs for many, especially young people and women. The creation of productive jobs through industrial development ought to be a central issue in steering economic activity across the continent.

The authors of this book, consisting of two development economists and five practitioners, argue that the adoption of Kaizen management practices, which originated in Japan and have become widely used by manufacturers in advanced and emerging economies, is decisively the most effective first step for industrial development in Africa.

This open access book discusses what Kaizen management is, why it is applicable to Africa, and why it can provide Africa with a springboard for sustainable economic growth and employment generation.

About the authors

Keijiro Otsuka is Professor at the Graduate School of Economics, Kobe University, Japan, and Chief Senior Researcher at the Institute of Developing Economies, Japan.

Kimiaki Jin is Senior Assistant Director of the Industrial Development and Public Policy Department at the Japan International Cooperation Agency, Japan.

Tetsushi Sonobe is Vice President and Chair of the PhD Program Committee, Director of the GRIPS Global Governance Program and Professor of Development Economics at the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS), Japan.

Table of contents (6 chapters)

Table of contents (6 chapters)
  • How Kaizen Brightens Africa’s Future

    Sonobe, Tetsushi

    Pages 1-30

  • Role of Kaizen in Japan’s Overseas Development Cooperation

    Jin, Kimiaki

    Pages 31-68

  • Kaizen in Practice

    Sugimoto, Seiji

    Pages 69-110

  • Kaizen and Standardization

    Kikuchi, Tsuyoshi (et al.)

    Pages 111-149

  • Kaizen as Policy Instrument: The Case of Ethiopia

    Mekonen, Getahun Tadesse

    Pages 151-198

Buy this book

eBook  
  • ISBN 978-3-319-91400-8
  • This book is an open access book, you can download it for free on link.springer.com
Hardcover ¥4,058
price for Japan (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-91399-5
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Applying the Kaizen in Africa
Book Subtitle
A New Avenue for Industrial Development
Editors
  • Keijiro Otsuka
  • Kimiaki Jin
  • Tetsushi Sonobe
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-91400-8
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-91400-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-91399-5
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XX, 266
Number of Illustrations
31 b/w illustrations, 6 illustrations in colour
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