Describes the practical application, in an industrial setting, of an information system designed to support continuous improvements. This system, based on a quality monitoring system, differs from conventional application in that it seeks to support both quality conformance and continuous improvements to design and research activities. Such activities traditionally fall outside the quality management function, but are encompassed within knowledge management goals and techniques, which are used in this research to construct a system framework. The integration of information into functional areas previously unlinked to manufacturing issues is illustrated as the major obstacle which had to be overcome. The implications for management practices are subsequently described. Concludes that knowledge management principles can support a wider application of continuous improvement to obtain benefits for the organisation, by providing higher quality information, and increasing the levels of organisational expertise which can be applied to it.
Beckett, A., Wainwright, C. and Bance, D. (2000), "Implementing an industrial continuous improvement system: a knowledge management case study", Industrial Management & Data Systems, Vol. 100 No. 7, pp. 330-338. https://doi.org/10.1108/02635570010349113Download as .RIS
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