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Continuous improvement philosophy – literature review and directions

Jagdeep Singh (Department of Mechanical Engineering, Bhutta College of Engineering and Technology, Bhutta, India)
Harwinder Singh (Department of Mechanical Engineering, Guru Nanak Dev Engineering College, Ludhiana, India)

Benchmarking: An International Journal

ISSN: 1463-5771

Article publication date: 2 February 2015

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to provide an overview of the history and existing research on continuous improvement (CI).

Design/methodology/approach

Extensive review of the literature.

Findings

This paper provides an overview of CI, its inception, how it evolved into sophisticated methodologies used in organizations today, and existing research in this field in the literature.

Research limitations/implications

The literature on classification of CI has so far been very limited. The paper reviews a large number of papers in this field and presents the overview of various CI implementation practices demonstrated by manufacturing organizations globally. It also highlights the sophisticated CI methodologies suggested by various researchers and practitioners in the field of CI.

Practical implications

The literature on classification of CI has so far been very limited. The paper reviews a large number of papers in this field and presents the overview of various CI implementation practices demonstrated by manufacturing organizations globally. It also highlights the sophisticated CI methodologies suggested by various researchers and practitioners in the field of CI.

Originality/value

The paper contains a comprehensive listing of publications on the field in question and its classification. It will be useful to researchers, improvement professionals and others concerned with improvement to understand the significance of CI. It should be of value to practitioners of CI programmes and to academics who are interested in how CI has evolved, and where it is today. To the authors’ knowledge, no recent papers have provided an historical perspective of CI.

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Citation

Singh, J. and Singh, H. (2015), "Continuous improvement philosophy – literature review and directions", Benchmarking: An International Journal, Vol. 22 No. 1, pp. 75-119. https://doi.org/10.1108/BIJ-06-2012-0038

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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