Is Implementation of Continuous Improvement Possible? An Evolutionary Model of Enablers and Inhibitors

Autores UPV
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Revista HUMAN FACTORS AND ERGONOMICS IN MANUFACTURING

Abstract

The purpose of this article is to present an evolutionary model of the enablers and inhibitors affecting the implementation and sustainability of continuous improvement. With this aim, a qualitative study using the grounded theory was carried out. Interviews were conducted with managers responsible for continuous improvement in first-tier suppliers in the automotive sector. As a result, two existing lines of research in the continuous improvement literature are synthesized: on one hand, the literature concerning the enablers and barriers associated with continuous improvement sustainability; and on the other, the literature concerning the evolutionary model. © 2011 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.