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Methods and Conditions for Achieving Continuous Improvement of Processes

  • Florica BADEA


    (Bucharest Academy of Economic Studies, Romania)

  • Catalina RADU


    (Bucharest Academy of Economic Studies, Romania)

  • Ana-Maria GRIGORE


    (Bucharest Academy of Economic Studies, Romania)

In the early twentieth century, the Taylor model improved, in a spectacular maner the efficiency of the production processes. This allowed obtaining high productivity by low-skilled workers, but used in large number in the execution of production. Currently this model is questioned by experts and was replaced by the concept of "continuous improvement". The first signs of change date from the '80s, with the apparition of quality circles and groups of operators on quality issues, principles which are also found in other continuous improvement strategies like: TQM (Total Quality Management), TPM (Total Production Maintenance), Kaizen and Six-Sigma. All these strategies are based on an active participation of the workers. Within this framework, many companies organize autonomous teams of workers responsible for organizing their work and improve economic performances.

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Article provided by Faculty of Management, Academy of Economic Studies, Bucharest, Romania in its journal REVIEW OF INTERNATIONAL COMPARATIVE MANAGEMENT.

Volume (Year): 11 (2010)
Issue (Month): 2 (May)
Pages: 234-244

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