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Kaikaku in production in Japan: An analysis of Kaikaku in terms of ambidexterity


Publication Type:

Book chapter




Japanese manufacturing companies have been active both in Kaizen—continuous improvement—and Kaikaku—radical improvement. However, compared to Kaizen, Kaikaku is less known and also less discussed in articles and books. Some questions may arise about Kaikaku: What is it? How is it undertaken in practice? How can an organization be proficient in both Kaikaku and Kaizen? In this chapter, these questions will be discussed.


author = {Yuji Yamamoto},
title = {Kaikaku in production in Japan: An analysis of Kaikaku in terms of ambidexterity},
isbn = {978-3-319-55984-1},
pages = {67--89},
month = {June},
year = {2017},
publisher = {Springer},
url = {}