Tag: Continuous Improvement

Control of business activity

Control of business activity takes place at two levels - control from within the organisation and external control. Internal control Internal control involves the creation of management systems to control business activity. For example,...

The formal and informal organisation structure

Organisations have a formal structure which is the way that the organisation is organised by those with responsibility for managing the organisation. They create the formal structures that enable the organisation to...

Facilities

An important aspect of production management and control is the management of facilities. Facilities management typically involves the following: Buildings and site maintenance Making sure that the buildings are appropriate for the type of...

Controlling operations

Operating activities (or operations) are the ongoing activities that a business is involved in - e.g. processing a customers order in an Argos store, producing a biro or razor in a BIC...

Market and product orientation

A market orientated company is one that organises its activities, products and services around the wants and needs of its customers. By contrast, a product-orientated firm has its primary focus on its...

Aims and functions of production department

Production is the functional area responsible for turning inputs into finished outputs through a series of production processes. The Production Manager is responsible for making sure that raw materials are provided and...

Aiding and controlling business activity

Organisations are structured in such a way as to aid and control business activity. Typically business activity is organised around a systems approach in which inputs are converted into desirable outputs through...

Continous improvement

Continuous improvement is arguably one of the most important concepts in Japanese management, and is the main difference between Japanese and Western approaches to business and management. Known in Japan as ‘Kaizen’,...

Re engineering a business process

Introduction All organisations are faced with periods of evolution and revolution. As they prepare for a period of change, there will undoubtedly be immense upheaval. Within this environment of ‘chaos,’ it is important...

Continuous improvement the corus way

Introduction Corus is an international metals company. In 2005 it was the eighth largest steelmaker in the world. The company has an annual turnover of £9 billion. The company has four divisions and a...

Continuous improvement within an organisation

Introduction Some business improvements involve a giant leap forward. An example of this would be the development of a revolutionary new product such as the bicycle or, more recently, the iPod or modern...

Continuous improvement as a business strategy

Introduction The steel manufacturing company Corus focuses on meeting the needs of its worldwide customers and providing innovative solutions. It manufactures, processes and distributes steel and aluminium products worldwide. Corus is a subsidiary of...

Product development through continuous improvement

Introduction Corus is part of the Tata Steel Group, the world's sixth largest steel producer. Within Europe, Corus is the second largest steel producer with average annual revenuesof around £12 billion. The company...
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