Kaizen (pronounced S, Japanese Kai = change, Zen = for the better 改善; "change for the betterment" to distinguish the term technique from the colloquial term often also カイゼン) describes both a Japanese philosophy of life and work as also a methodological concept that focuses on the Aspiration of continuous and infinite improvement.

The improvement takes place in a step by step, punctual perfection or optimization of a Device or process. In the Western economy, the concept was adopted, also developed into a management system and introduced in practice under the term Continuous Improvement Process (CIP). In Europe, the focus is on continuousquality improvement and cost reduction, and is therefore seen as an integral part of quality management.

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