A Model of Continuous Improvement Programme Management

Michael J Butler, Marek Szwejczewski, Michael Sweeney

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The aim of this study is to identify key management decisions that enable the sustainment of a continuous improvement (CI) initiative. To accomplish this aim, we examine the procedures and practices used by two manufacturing companies for the management of their CI initiatives; one that is successfully sustaining the effectiveness of its CI initiative and another failing to do the same. This research makes two contributions to the conceptual understanding of CI programme management. First, we identify five CI programme management factors that enable the sustainment of a CI initiative. Second, the five factors are incorporated into a new CI programme management model. The model details a ‘bottom-up’ procedure for the generation of manufacturing performance improvement ideas and the management of their implementation.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)386-402
Number of pages17
JournalProduction Planning and Control
Issue number5
Early online date26 Feb 2018
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2018

Bibliographical note

© 2018 Informa UK Limited, publishing as Taylor & Francis. This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis Group in Production Planning and Control on26 Feb 2018, available online at: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/09537287.2018.1433887


  • Continuous improvement
  • manufacturing process
  • people empowerment
  • process mapping


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