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dc.contributor.advisorGapp, Rod
dc.contributor.advisorFisher, Ron
dc.contributor.authorKobayashi, Kaoruen_US
dc.date.accessioned2018-01-23T02:26:31Z
dc.date.available2018-01-23T02:26:31Z
dc.date.issued2010en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10072/366124
dc.description.abstractThis thesis is concerned with development of a management practice framework for improving organisational performance, particularly within a Western manufacturing environment. The research has chosen a particular management practice originated in Japan, called ‘5S’. In the development of an integrated management systems (IMS) framework, 5S is increasingly adopted to assist in integrating various improvement initiatives. Nonetheless, a predominant understanding of 5S as ‘housekeeping’ militates against the development of an effective IMS framework. In addition, a scarcity of studies on 5S highlights how little attention has been paid to understanding 5S holistically by Western organisations and academic researchers. The research is a qualitative investigation challenging previous research and practice where the nature of 5S has been conceptualised without considering the perspective of practitioners who directly experience it. The study has explored the ways in which a group of team leaders of a food manufacturing plant experience 5S practice within their organisational context. The research has focused on how differently these practitioners understand and apply the concept of 5S when they receive identical information and training from their organisation. The theoretical framework of the current study is underpinned by an interpretive perspective, which emphasise the importance of personal experiences. Phenomenography, an innovative approach, is adopted to identify and articulate the qualitative variation in which practitioners experience 5S. Phenomenographic approaches have been widely used, but mainly in fields outside management research. All 13 team leaders of a food manufacturing plant operating in Australia participated in the study. These team leaders had no previous knowledge about 5S until they received information from their organisation. Guided by the photo-interviewing method, team leaders expressed various approaches to understanding and applying the concept of 5S then clarified their statements with photographs they took and brought. This visual approach allowed the researcher to share the experiences of team leaders. Other visual data, such as posters, charts and graphs were also collected to understand the nature of 5S in a holistic manner. ii The phenomenographic analysis revealed four qualitatively different ways in which team leaders of a food manufacturing plant in Australia experience 5S. These four ways of experiencing 5S were intertwined each other but also included a degree of increasing richness and complexity. The study also found that the nature of 5S within a contemporary manufacturing environment is still evolving. The research finds that there is a considerable gap between the theory and practice of 5S. This research contributes to the body of management practice literature by providing a comprehensive understanding about the nature of 5S from the perspective of practitioners. The research also extends the IMS framework based on the understanding of 5S developed through the current study. The four ways of experiencing 5S throw new light on the subject, calling into question the unitary view, which until now 5S has been conceptualised only by researchers and senior executives whose experience in 5S is limited in practice. The conceptual framework of viewing 5S through the experiences of practitioners developed from the study will assist managers and educators making sense of how differently practitioners conceive 5S through their own experiences and turn the theory of 5S into practice.en_US
dc.languageEnglishen_US
dc.publisherGriffith Universityen_US
dc.publisher.placeBrisbaneen_US
dc.rights.copyrightThe author owns the copyright in this thesis, unless stated otherwise.en_US
dc.subject.keywordsmanagement practiceen_US
dc.subject.keywords5Sen_US
dc.subject.keywordsintegrated management systemsen_US
dc.subject.keywordsphenomenographyen_US
dc.titleWays of Experiencing 5S: A Means to Understand Management Practicesen_US
dc.typeGriffith thesisen_US
gro.facultyGriffith Business Schoolen_US
gro.hasfulltextFull Text
dc.contributor.otheradvisorCarter, Geoff
dc.rights.accessRightsPublicen_US
gro.identifier.gurtIDgu1322004277130en_US
gro.source.ADTshelfnoADT0962en_US
gro.thesis.degreelevelThesis (PhD Doctorate)en_US
gro.thesis.degreeprogramDoctor of Philosophy (PhD)en_US
gro.departmentGriffith Business Schoolen_US


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