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Running head: PURSUE PERFECTION: 5S METHOD 1 Pursue Perfection: 5s Method Liberty University
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PURSUE PERFECTION: 5S METHOD 2 Key Concept Explanation In this section of the chapter, the author is addressing a particular lean management style known as the 5s’. The “5S steps are designed to improve efficiency, strengthen performance and provide continuous improvement in virtually all segments of the organization” (Randhawa & Ahuja, 2017). This philosophical approach was developed in Japan in the 1960’s and first introduced in Toyota Motor Corporation. The 5s’ are Seiri (organization) in our book it is sort, Setion (neatness) our book it is straighten, Sesio (cleaning) our book it is scrub, Seiketsu (standardization) our book it is systemize, and Shitsuke (discipline) our book it is standardize. Seiri is clearly distinguishing what is important and not important and eliminating unimportant tasks. Setion is providing order for each task and their importance. Sesio is maintaining a clean and clutter free workplace. Seiketsu is systemizing and standardizing the first three S’. Lastly is Shitsuke, developing organizational discipline to maintain established procedures. The 5s’ are a tool to execute lean management principles. “ Lean has two fundamental elements - a systematic approach to process improvement by removing waste in order to maximise value for the end-user of the service and a commitment to respect, challenge and develop the people who work within the service to create a culture of continuous improvement” (Clark, Silvester, & Knowles, 2013). I chose this subject because of my personality and experience. First, I default to simplifying systems to make them more efficient for the practitioner; whether that is for myself or for my employees. The second reason is rooted in my experiences with the military and law enforcement; both organizations set high standards and it has shaped the way I work.
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PURSUE PERFECTION: 5S METHOD 3 Comparison There is a consensus across the papers that proves lean principles using the 5s methodology is effective, whether that is for higher education institutions or for major manufacturing companies. There is also an agreement that lean principles are universal; they are able to adapt to the private or public sectors, to large or small business, services or manufacturing. Why the principles and concepts remain the same throughout the articles, the 5s words have differed. As markets become more competitive and organizations budgets become tighter, firms are using the 5s method to eliminate non-valued activities as well as identify core competencies to focus on. As firms begin to eliminate activities that do not add value to the firm, they are simultaneously restructuring their operating procedures for maximum efficiency. The
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