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The relationship between continuous improvement and maintenance performance

Damjan Maletič (Faculty of Organizational Sciences, University of Maribor, Kranj, Slovenia)
Matjaž Maletič (Faculty of Organizational Sciences, University of Maribor, Kranj, Slovenia)
Boštjan Gomišček (Faculty of Organizational Sciences, University of Maribor, Kranj, Slovenia)

Journal of Quality in Maintenance Engineering

ISSN: 1355-2511

Article publication date: 23 March 2012

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to present an empirical study, which examines the relationship between continuous improvement (CI) and maintenance performance. By examining CI in relation to maintenance performance, this study seeks to increase the understanding of quality management practices in the field of maintenance.

Design/methodology/approach

The empirical data for this study were drawn from a survey of Slovenian organizations in order to address the research problem. Several statistical methods including correlation analysis, regression analysis as well as principal component analysis (PCA) are utilized to accomplish the objective of the study.

Findings

The findings suggest that CI significantly and positively relates to maintenance performance. In addition, findings advocate the importance of incorporation of quality management practices into maintenance processes.

Research limitations/implications

Based on the findings of this study, it is concluded that future research could broaden the investigation to identify more complex measures of CI. Moreover, sample size should be expanded to a larger group in order to increase the generalizability of the results.

Practical implications

The study contributes to a better understanding of CI activities in the field of maintenance and therefore provides insights for managers to recognize the role of CI activities and understand their effect in enhancing the maintenance performance.

Originality/value

The findings provide empirical evidence that CI is shown to be an effective way of improving maintenance performance.

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Citation

Maletič, D., Maletič, M. and Gomišček, B. (2012), "The relationship between continuous improvement and maintenance performance", Journal of Quality in Maintenance Engineering, Vol. 18 No. 1, pp. 30-41. https://doi.org/10.1108/13552511211226175

Publisher

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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