Conceptualizing continuous improvement: Implications for organizational change

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Abstract

This paper attempts to bridge the gap in the change conceptions of two different genres of literature. It brings together the literature on continuous improvement in the manufacturing field and the literature on organization change in the fields of strategic change and organization development. In the latter literature, studies describe both dramatic and discontinuous changes and disjointed but logical incremental changes. These changes are considered the territory of the top management. The continuous improvement concepts emphasize incremental changes that are continuous, concerted, and accumulative. In this case, workers are considered to play a key role in making changes. The two genres of literature are brought together to formulate a more comprehensive framework of organizational change, in which continuous incremental changes and dramatic and discontinuous changes can coexist and interrelate for more effective change processes in organizations. An example of the implementation of statistical process control illustrates this point.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)607-624
Number of pages18
JournalOmega
Volume23
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - 1995
Externally publishedYes

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Continuous improvement
Organizational change
Incremental
Conception
Organization change
Strategic change
Organization development
Change process
Statistical process control
Workers
Top management
Manufacturing
Logic

Keywords

  • continuous improvement
  • management
  • manufacturing
  • organizational change
  • quality

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Strategy and Management
  • Information Systems and Management
  • Management Science and Operations Research

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Conceptualizing continuous improvement : Implications for organizational change. / Choi, Thomas.

In: Omega, Vol. 23, No. 6, 1995, p. 607-624.

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