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Convergence or National Specificity?: Testing the CI Maturity Model across Multiple Countries
KTH, School of Industrial Engineering and Management (ITM), Industrial Economics and Management (Dept.), Industrial Economics and Management (Div.).
2007 (English)In: Creativity and Innovation Management, ISSN 0963-1690, E-ISSN 1467-8691, Vol. 16, no 4, 348-362 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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This study empirically tests the Continuous Improvement (CI) maturity model across multiple countries. The analysis is based on data from the 2nd International CINet Survey, limited to the situation in Australia, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom. Despite some differences in Continuous Improvement maturity level between countries, findings lend support to the convergence argument. Regardless of national specificity, Continuous Improvement behaviour patterns emerge in a similar fashion, and furthermore, correspond to improved operational performance if adopted. In addition, findings show that other contextual variables such as company size and type of production system are of limited importance. This implies that Continuous Improvement is something that can be implemented and developed successfully if managed properly, irrespective of contextual influences such as those stemming from cultural and industrial factors.

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2007. Vol. 16, no 4, 348-362 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-62857DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-8691.2007.00449.xOAI: diva2:482690
QC 20120125Available from: 2012-01-24 Created: 2012-01-20 Last updated: 2012-01-25Bibliographically approved

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