Practice, Sucesses and Challenges in the Application of Kaizenin Addis Ababa City Government Tvet Colleges

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Addis Ababa University


The main purpose of this study was to investigate the practice, successes and challenges of kaizen implementation in Addis Ababa TVET Government colleges. To conduct this study a descriptive survey design was employed. The participants of the study were 80 trainers, 40 department heads and 14 deans of five government TVET colleges. A total of 134 respondents were included in the study. The colleges were selected using purposive sampling method. Trainers’ respondents were selected by stratified sampling methods while department heads and deans were selected by purposive sampling method. The data were gathered through questionnaire, interview and document analysis. The data gathered through questionnaire were analyzed using frequency, percentage, mean and average mean value of the respondents. Data obtained through interview and document analysis were qualitatively narrated. Data obtained on the benefits of kaizen implementation respondents were suggested that above agreed. This data revealed that implementation of kaizen has a benefit towards employee, customer satisfaction and cost reduction. Additionally, the study revealed that respondents has positive attitude towards on the benefits of kaizen implementation in Addis Ababa TVET College. Moreover, the study revealed that the success on planning, implementation and reduction of wastes phases of kaizen implementation were done properly. The study disclosed that lack of training on the concept and application of kaizen. This has an effect on the overall activities of kaizen sustainability and standardization. Then those problems were alleviated through short term training in the colleges by EKI experts, Addis Ababa TVET Agency and the responsible person of the colleges vice deans whose job title is “industries extension and technology transfer in group effort”. On the other hand lack of motivation (reward and recognition) was another problem to sustain the implementation. Finally, I concluded that, respondents were focused only in 5s implementation of kaizen in Colleges. These were an additional obstacle to relate theory with practical application of kaizen at work place. Thus, to reduce the knowledge and skill gap of the implementers on pillars of kaizen, training based on project is an amenable force.



Practice, Sucesses and, Challenges in the Application