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A business management system or philosophy aimed at producing ongoing incremental improvements throughout an organization, especially in quality and efficiency.

[Japanese : kai, change (from Middle Chinese kaj´; also the source of Mandarin gǎi) + zen, good (from Early Middle Chinese dʑian'; also the source of Mandarin shàn).]
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(Philosophy) a philosophy of continuous improvement of working practices that underlies total quality management and just-in-time business techniques
[literally: improvement]
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Muscat, Aug 25 (ONA) Activities of the training course titled "Five Steps for Continuous Improvement in Work Environment by Using Japanese Kaizen Strategy" were concluded at the Ministry of Information today.
Qatar-based Gulf Organisation for Industrial Consulting (GOIC) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Kaizen Management Consulting, to promote cooperation in the field of training and consultancy.
The Business Excellence Department (BED) in the Department of Economic Development (DED), Dubai, has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Kaizen Institute, Global, with the objective of helping organisations improve performance through optimal use of resources and by eliminating waste.
To link up the leadership with the workforce, we devised an innovative programme, Quick Kaizen, to encourage a "we" culture and facilitate constant communication among staff at all levels.
16 (BNA): Tamkeen announced the launch of the KAIZEN quality consultancy programme, which will provide businesses with a number of opportunities to adopt the Japanese KAIZEN business framework to improve labour productivity and management.
Summary: Adopting Japan's kaizen philosophy can transform Africa's manufacturing potential, writes
But one of the things that caught our eye is a quirky little project that local marketing company Kaizen Print have organised.
Nissan Motor Company (NASDAQ: NSANY)(TYO: 7201), a Japan-based automaker, has opened its fifth dealership, named 'Kaizen Nissan', in Delhi, India.
Corsair also announced that its authorized service partner Kaizen Infoserve has been its partner-in-success in this customer-centric endeavor.
25 November 2014 - UK-based, Africa-focused precious and base metals explorer Alecto Minerals plc (LON:ALO) said it had finalised its acquisition of Gazelle Resources Inc from Canadian mineral exploration company Kaizen Discovery Inc (CVE:KZD) for an initial consideration of GBP350,000 (USD549,000/EUR442,000).