Continuous improvement in a manufacturing plant: The human perspective

Abstract

The continuous improvements experienced in the manufacturing sector have been subject to various limitations that negatively affect the development of firms falling under the manufacturing category. This research paper is going to enwreathe the factors behind this phenomenon. The paper will also give recommendations that will be the apparent and optimal solutions to the underlying factors affecting the improvement of manufacturing plants.

Table of Contents

Introduction. 3

Background. 3

Motivation of the study. 3

Research purpose. 4

Research design. 4

Problem statement 4

Objectives of the study. 4

Data analysis. 5

Literature Review.. 5

Research methodology. 6

References. 7

Introduction

Background

In the present time, there is increased competition in all sectors to include the manufacturing sector. The manufacturing industry has been subject to stiff competition especially because of the upcoming well advanced technologies (Balakrishnan 2002, p. 88). It thus implies that there is a dire need to better utilize the already existing assets as well adopting essential and appropriate strategies in order to maximally realize optimal results. 

Motivation of the study

Previous studies have been conducted in regard to this topic, but there is no complete understanding has been arrived at considering the fact that the environment is continuously changing now and then. Previous studies on this topic have been successful thereby serving as a motivation factor for anyone intending to do in-depth research on the topic.

Research purpose

To critically assess the factors that affects the continuous improvements in the manufacturing sector. To determine the extent to which such factors impact on the continuous improvements in the manufacturing sector. 

Research design

Descriptive research design is considered appropriate to employ in this case as this research is able to investigate a case without necessary affecting it in any way. This research design is also found to be very appropriate to use in the sense that it is widely used in the social sciences, business, as well as psychology (De Vaus & De Vaus 2001, p. 1). Finally, It answers a wide range of questions such as what, why, how, when, and where in the most effective manner (Crosby, DiClemente & Salazar 2011, p. 78).

Problem statement

The general improvement of the manufacturing sector has been affected by many factors as those involved fight more and more to accomplish their main goals and objectives of achieving the most optimal results. There has been introduction and adoption of new integrated production mechanisms that aim at quality improvement in order to improve customer satisfaction as well as profit maximization of the concerned manufacturing firm. However, in spite of these strategies, there have been some underlying factors that affect the continuous improvement of manufacturing plants.

Objectives of the study

  • To enwreathe the factors that affects the continuous improvements in the manufacturing plants.
  • To determine the extent to which these factors affect this continuous improvement of the manufacturing industries.
  • To recommend on the strategies that can be adopted in order to promote the continuous improvement of the manufacturing plants.

Data analysis

Both primary and secondary data will be used in the collection of data, whereby primary data will involve the use of questionnaires and interviews while secondary data will incorporate the use of data gathered from previous studies. Descriptive method of data analysis will be used at the initial stages of the study, and the findings will be presented in graphs, charts, as well as summary tables, where deemed applicable (Libman 2010, p. 5).

 Literature Review

Previous studies on manufacturing plants have been conducted focusing on the continuous improvements in a manufacturing plant. These researches have been based on theoretical frameworks in order to have an in-depth understanding of the topic. Kaizen theory is an approach that is widely used in the in the long-term process of systemically achieving appropriate and incremental changes that aim at the eventual efficiency and quality improvement (Singh 2008, np). The approach has been widely used in many types of work, but it is mainly used in lean programming and lean manufacturing. The approach is believed to ensure general improvement of efficiency and quality through the involvement of every worker of an organization.

It is also imperative to make use of the theory of constraint that mainly focuses on the improvement of profits. The theory states that each organization must be subject to limitation of at least one constraint (Karkoska & Honorowicz 2009, p. 202). It has the main goal of focusing onto the constraints that organizations face during the pursuit of development. The theory is very essential in the sense that it will be applied in defining the elements that an organization can employ in order to realize maximal profit realization (Woeppel 2010, p. 48).

Research methodology

Pilot study is considered essential for any study as it is used in giving preliminary results (Monsen & Van Horn 2008, p. 5). Pilot study will be carried out prior to the final study, and the research instruments will include the use of questionnaires as well as interviews (Lietz 2009, p. 250). The field research will be carried out from the respondents as well as the interviewees in order to generate primary data. Public domain reports, periodicals, journals, company reports, previous statistical data, as well as any other relevant materials will be used in the generation of secondary data (Kothari 2005, np). Data analysis will be done using a descriptive method in order to give an explanation of the phenomena under the study area.