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dc.contributor.authorKobayashi, Kaoruen_US
dc.contributor.authorFisher, Ronen_US
dc.contributor.authorGapp, Roden_US
dc.contributor.editorProfessor G Kanjien_US
dc.date.accessioned2017-04-24T11:23:27Z
dc.date.available2017-04-24T11:23:27Z
dc.date.issued2008en_US
dc.date.modified2009-11-11T05:25:56Z
dc.identifier.issn14783363en_US
dc.identifier.doi10.1080/14783360701600704en_AU
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10072/26605
dc.description.abstractThis research investigates how a Japanese philosophy for life, the 5S concept, has been applied to achieve business improvement in Japan, the UK and the USA. An exploratory study into an under-researched area, the research utilises frameworks provided by Osada (1989, 1991) and Hirano (1995, 1996). A quantitative content analysis approach of the web-sites of 217 businesses is used. Lexical analysis of the manifest content of World Wide Web business domains facilitates understanding of the ways in which 5S has been adopted and implemented. The research finds that Japan emphasizes 5S as a strategy for business excellence, requiring participation both at work and in the home. In the UK and USA, 5S is viewed as a system or tool for the workplace only. The findings suggest that a balanced understanding of both '5S as a philosophy or way' and '5S as a technique or tool' could define the ultimate goal of 5S as a management approach to solve problems in the workplaces and processes of organisations.en_US
dc.description.peerreviewedYesen_US
dc.description.publicationstatusYesen_AU
dc.languageEnglishen_US
dc.language.isoen_AU
dc.publisherRoutledgeen_US
dc.publisher.placeUnited Kingdomen_US
dc.publisher.urihttp://www.tandf.co.uk/journals/titles/14783363.aspen_AU
dc.relation.ispartofstudentpublicationNen_AU
dc.relation.ispartofpagefrom245en_US
dc.relation.ispartofpageto262en_US
dc.relation.ispartofissue3en_US
dc.relation.ispartofjournalTotal Quality Managementen_US
dc.relation.ispartofvolume19en_US
dc.rights.retentionYen_AU
dc.subject.fieldofresearchcode350210en_US
dc.titleBusiness improvement strategy or useful tool? Analysis of the application of the 5S concept in Japan, the UK and the USen_US
dc.typeJournal articleen_US
dc.type.descriptionC1 - Peer Reviewed (HERDC)en_US
dc.type.codeC - Journal Articlesen_US
gro.date.issued2008
gro.hasfulltextNo Full Text


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