Continuous Improvement

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Write a 3000 word paper explaining what continuous improvement means in the context of organisational success. Explain how the concept can and should be applied. Explain how it is possible to lead continuous improvement systems and processes and how opportunities for improvement can be managed to provide benefits for an organisation. Outline how you, as an organisation leader, would contribute to and implement continuous improvement initiatives.

What is Continuous Improvement?
Continuous improvement in a management context means a never-ending effort to expose and eliminate root causes of problems. Usually, it involves many incremental or small-step improvements rather than one overwhelming innovation.

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Continuous Improvement also requires that all employees in the organisation be involved in the process. Every employee must be motivated to accept continuous improvement as a means by which the firm can achieve a competitive advantage in the marketplace. All involved must push continuously at the margins of their expertise, trying to be better than before in every area.

Through continuous improvement, firms are able to produce better products and services at lower prices, thus providing greater customer satisfaction. In the long term, the final product will be more reliable, of better quality, more advanced, cheaper and more attractive to customers.

Why Implement Continuous Improvement?
Because implementing the Continuous Improvement Philosophy across people & processes breeds organisational success.

If facilitated in the correct manner, Continuous Improvement will result in: * Significantly improved teamwork & enhanced communication at every organisational level * Increased efficiency and process improvement * A much stronger bottom line.

In addition, successful action plans as a result of Continuous Improvement will greatly assist leaders of organizations in achieving strategic initiatives and developing trainable and measurable operational processes.

Continuous improvement begins with properly identifying a problem or


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