Five "S" Improvement System: An Assessment of Employee Attitudes and Productivity Improvements

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The 21st century is no longer afloat in the distant future and today's corporate managers are asking themselves how to ensure their companies' survival (Hirano, 1995). A company is like a living organism---when its environment changes, it must also change. Five S (5S) is a program that consists of the basic civilization that protects corporate organisms from the ravages of the changing environment (Hirano, 1995). The principles of 5S form the foundation upon which a company must stand to survive. Companies truly intent on finishing this century ahead of the competition must make 5S their first step (Hirano, 1995). The 5S's are not to be used simply as a way to hide the superficial aspects of the factory or office, but as the foundation for any company wishing to ensure long-term survival (Hirano, 1995). The purpose of the study was to assess the effectiveness of a 5S program. This was a causal comparative research study. Causal comparative research involves the comparison of two or more groups on some single outcome variable (Forman, 2003). The characteristic that differs between the groups is the independent variable. The measured outcome is the dependent variable. In this study, the independent variable was whether or not the department had implemented 5S. There were several dependent variables, represented by the sixteen hypotheses. Significant (pVariables The independent variable is whether the employee is in a department that has implemented the 5S program or not. The dependent variables are productivity, safety, quality, product cost, maintenance cost, workplace cleanliness, anbsp;...

Title:Five "S" Improvement System: An Assessment of Employee Attitudes and Productivity Improvements
Author: Christopher B. Hutchins
Publisher:ProQuest - 2007

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