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Workers, Managers, Productivity

Kaizen in Developing Countries

Editors: Hosono, Akio, Page, John, Shimada, Go (Eds.)

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  • Explores how Japanese management techniques might be exported
  • Offers insights into non-Western developmental aid to developing countries
  • Provides unique insights into how governments, entrepreneurs, and foreign aid can effectively come together in the developing world
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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.

About the authors

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.

Table of contents (13 chapters)

Table of contents (13 chapters)
  • Overview

    Pages 1-27

    Hosono, Akio (et al.)

  • Industrial Policy, Firm Capabilities, and Kaizen

    Pages 29-44

    Page, John

  • Kaizen Toward Learning, Transformation, and High-Quality Growth: Insights from Outstanding Experiences

    Pages 45-67

    Hosono, Akio

  • Why Is Kaizen Critical for Developing Countries?: Kaizen as a Social Innovation in the Era of Global Inequality

    Pages 69-85

    Shimada, Go

  • Kaizen Promotion in Ethiopia: A Role of the Government and Change of Mindset of People

    Pages 89-115

    Jin, Kimiaki

Buy this book

eBook  
  • ISBN 978-981-15-0364-1
  • This book is an open access book, you can download it for free on link.springer.com
Hardcover $59.99
price for USA in USD
  • ISBN 978-981-15-0363-4
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Workers, Managers, Productivity
Book Subtitle
Kaizen in Developing Countries
Editors
  • Akio Hosono
  • John Page
  • Go Shimada
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-981-15-0364-1
DOI
10.1007/978-981-15-0364-1
Hardcover ISBN
978-981-15-0363-4
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXVI, 327
Number of Illustrations
29 b/w illustrations
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