Research-Based Approach in Business Courses: An Anchor for Industrial Design Students' Comprex

Jayson E. Lannu
2019 International Journal of Business and Economic Affairs  
Kaizen is the Japanese word for good change and improvement. It has become a Japanese philosophy that has spread its ideas all over the world. Its aim is to eliminate losses in the value stream with the use of Lean Management methodology tools. It is a way to reduce costs, but also to achieve product quality and work safety. Kaizen is a daily activity involving all members of the organization, which takes into account the processes and their efficiency. In order to be able to improve, it is
more » ... ssary to be able to see and identify the waste burdened with all kinds of actions. The best way to learn about these losses and to learn how to find and eliminate them is through practical workshops -a combination of the theory that can be put into practice right away. Students Research Group Management' runs a project which assumes optimization of production and logistic processes on the basis of identification of waste and implementation of Lean Manufacturing tools. The production line made of lego blocks -AGH LeanLine is an original undertaking of students of the AGH University of Science and Technology, adapted to practice and experience Lean methods, tools, and principles in the university environment. Each production process simulation is a Kaizen Workshop, during which the losses occurring in the basic model are defined and then eliminated from the value stream with the help of known methods of process organization. Such training is an active passage through the Plan-Do-Check-Act (PDCA) cycle, taking up and testing all the activities included in each stage. Thanks to such projects, students experience the practical application of theory and are ready to take such actions on a living organism -a production company.
doi:10.24088/ijbea-2019-44003 fatcat:mvw532w44ffofl2yf4rzgpxq4e