Kaizen Institute helps its clients to build a sustainable KAIZEN™ Culture
We transfer our knowledge, expertise and skills, creating KAIZENers in our clients' organisations
Kaizen Institute United Kingdom
We support companies of all sizes in all market segments, providing them with a sustainable, competitive advantage.
Improving the World with
Everyone, Everywhere, Every day -
The KAIZEN™ Way
KAIZEN™ means "Change for the Better"
KAI = CHANGE
ZEN = FOR THE BETTER
Our Brand Promise
We introduced the KAIZEN™ methodology to the world in 1985
We make our clients experts in their Gemba
Our methods touch everyone in the organisation; working for the same goal and sharing the same KAIZEN™
Our expertise, from helping the world's leading organisations, can be applied to any situation
We work with our clients to create processes that highlight problems, while simultaneously training and empowering their teams to solve them.
We research, develop and publish various aspects of Continuous Improvement, while partnering with our clients, enabling them to implement sustainable improvements through our consulting, training and benchmarking activities and guiding them on their KAIZEN™ journey.View all training
The history of Kaizen Institute began in the mid 80's. We have the longest history of serving organisations around the world in consulting and training, specifically in the field of KAIZEN™, Lean management and Continuous Improvement.
First KAIZEN™ (Gemba) Tour in Japan organised by Masaaki Imai.
Kaizen Institute, Ltd., a privately held corporation, is founded by Masaaki Imai and registered in Baar, Switzerland.
"KAIZEN™: The Key to Japan’s Competitive Success" book is published by Random House Inc.
Kaizen Institute is first registered within the Americas to do business as Kaizen Institute of America in California, USA.
Kaizen Institute New Zealand is formed and registered in Auckland, New Zealand.
Kaizen Institute America Inc. is incorporated in Delaware, USA.
Kaizen Institute UK is formed and registered in London, England.
Kaizen Institute of Japan, Inc. is founded and registered in Japan as Kabushiki Kaisha KAIZEN™ Kenkyusho.
Kaizen Teaching AG is formed and registered in Zug, Switzerland.
Kaizen Institute Germany is formed and registered in Frankfurt, Germany.
Kaizen Institute France is formed and registered in Paris, France.
Trademark, “GEMBAKAIZEN™”, filed with US Intellectual Property Office.
Kaizen Institute celebrates its 10th year anniversary.
Kaizen Teaching AG moves from Zug to Altendorf, Switzerland and forms the Central Office of Kaizen Teaching AG, for European Operations.
Kaizen Institute Spain is formed and registered in Barcelona, Spain.
"Gemba Kaizen" book is published by McGraw Hill; now publisher of KAIZEN™ book as well.
Kaizen Institute AG is restructured and moves offices from Baar to Zug, Switzerland.
Kaizen Institute Portugal is formed and registered in Porto, Portugal.
Kaizen Institute celebrates its 15th year anniversary.
Kaizen Institute India is formed and registered in Chennai, India.
Kaizen Institute Italy is formed and registered in Bologna, Italy.
Kaizen Institute's Global Operations based from Zug, Switzerland is launched, with Global Support Units and Regional Support Units.
New business unit development strategy is implemented expanding the global network.
Kaizen Institute Romania is formed and registered in Bucharest, Romania.
Kaizen Institute Czech Republic is formed and registered in Prague, Czech Republic.
Kaizen Institute Hungary is formed and registered in Budapest, Hungary.
Kaizen Institute Mexico is formed and registered in Mexico City, Mexico.
Kaizen Institute Poland is formed and registered in Wroclaw, Poland.
Kaizen Institute’s first Annual Awards Event (AAE) is held at Euro-Disney in Paris, France.
Kaizen Institute celebrates its 20th year anniversary
Kaizen Institute Africa is formed and registered in Mauritius, to serve the region.
Kaizen Institute Brazil is formed and registered in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Kaizen Institute AG and Kaizen Teaching AG combine both their offices and domicile, and centralize operations in Zug, Switzerland.
Kaizen Institute’s 2nd Annual Awards Event is held in Zug, Switzerland.
Kaizen Institute establishes a legal presence and entity in Hong Kong.
Kaizen Institute’s Management System is conceived and jointly developed by a global coalition of top Kaizen Institute consultants and support team.
Kaizen Institute’s 3rd Annual Awards Event is held in Scottsdale, AZ, USA.
Kaizen Teaching AG is renamed and the legal vision of Kaizen Institute Consulting Group (KICG) is realized.
Kaizen Institute’s 4th Annual Awards Event is held on the island/country of Mauritius, Africa.
Kaizen Institute China is formed and registered in Shanghai, China.
Kaizen Institute Russia is formed and registered in Moscow, Russia.
Kaizen Institute Consulting Group establishes its first Regional Support Unit in Scottsdale, USA for support of operations within the Americas.
Kaizen Institute’s 5th Annual Awards Event is held in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Kaizen Institute Austria is formed and registered in Salzburg, Austria.
Kaizen Institute Malaysia is formed and registered in Subang Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia.
Kaizen Institute Canada is formed and registered in Ottawa, Canada.
Kaizen Institute’s 6th Annual Awards Event is held in Venice, Italy.
Kaizen Institute celebrates its 25th anniversary.
Kaizen Institute’s 7th Annual Awards Event is held in Algarve, Portugal.
Kaizen Institute Netherlands is formed and registered in Hertogenbosch, Netherlands.
Gemba Research and their global group of companies join forces with Kaizen Institute’s global footprint.
Kaizen Institute’s 8th Annual Awards Event is held in Auckland, New Zealand.
Kaizen Institute Chile is formed and registered in Santiago de Chile, Chile.
Kaizen Institute’s 9th Annual Awards Event is held in Porto, Portugal.
Kaizen Institute Finland is formed and registered in Helsinki, Finland.
Kaizen Institute’s 10th Annual Awards Event is held in Seattle, WA, USA.
Kaizen Institute Colombia is formed and registered in Bogotá, Colombia.
Kaizen Institute Saudi Arabia is formed and registered in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
Kaizen Institute Vietnam is formed and registered in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.
Kaizen Institute's Global Support Unit structure is improved via four divisions; Business Development, Quality Assurance, Brand Management and Corporate Administration.
Kaizen Institute’s 11th Annual Awards Event is held in Jaipur, India.
Kaizen Institute celebrates its 30th anniversary.
Kaizen Institute Turkey is formed and registered in Istanbul, Turkey.
Kaizen Institute UAE is formed and registered in Dubai, UAE.
KAIZEN™ Institue's Regional Support Unit operation is re-launched based on new legal and operational structures.
Deployment of a new ‘modernized’ corporate logo and other enhanced brand standards.
Kaizen Institute’s 12th Annual Awards Event is held in Bad Homburg, Germany.
Kaizen Institute Algeria is formed and registered in Cheraga Alger, Algeria.
Kaizen Institute Qatar is formed and registered in Doha, Qatar.
Kaizen Institute Peru is formed and registered in Lima, Peru.
Kaizen Institute Serbia is formed and registered in Belgrade, Serbia.
Kaizen Institute’s 13th Annual Awards Event is held in Calgary, Canada.
"Kaizen Institute has done a fantastic job in promoting Lean tools and methodologies within Maier UK. Kaizen Institute has been a strategic partner in the development and implementation of breakthrough changes within our Organisation, changing the way we work."
Urko Zelaia - Managing Director Maier UK
KAIZEN™ Methodology Development History
The KAIZEN™ methodology has been gradually developed over many decades. It was publically and officially introduced to the world in the 1980’s as a systematic methodology through the best selling book "KAIZEN™" by Masaaki Imai, the founder of Kaizen Institute.
Masaaki Imai is born in Tokyo, Japan.
The first domestic automotive production is planned in Japan and the Just-In-Time concept is observed.
World War II to post war economic reform period in Japan.
Imai works at the Japan Productivity Center in the USA and accompanies Japanese executives to visit and learn from US manufacturers.
Japanese companies gain strength in their quality and world wide competitiveness.
Imai works with Shoichiro Toyoda to observe the American way of business.
Imai works internationally with Taiichi Ohno to spread the message of the Toyota Production System (TPS).
KAIZEN™ is introduced to the world for the first time, as a systematic management methodology.
KAIZEN™ appears for the first time as a word in the Oxford dictionary.
The term Lean was coined.
Lean concepts are promoted through Various publications, to include Imai’s GEMBAKAIZEN™ book.
Tools, such as Six Sigma, gain popularity though clouding the importance of a systematic approach.
Kaizen Institute continues to offer practical, hands-on methods that fit the local culture and business practice, when implementing KAIZEN™ within organisations.
KAIZEN™ Management System (KMS) is developed, to help companies to improve based on a systematic QCD Model.
KAIZEN™ Change Model (KCM) is added to enhance a KAIZEN™ culture, mind-set and behaviours of the organisation.
Many corporations start developing their own Improvement Strategies based on KAIZEN™, seeking to gain sustainable improvements and a competitive advantage within their markets.
KAIZEN™ Business System (KBS) supports organisations to achieve Continuous Improvement and sustanaible growth.
Kaizen Institute continues to spear-head global development for the KAIZEN™ methodology, bringing awareness to Everyone, Everywhere, Everyday.
Founder of Kaizen Institute
Known as the father of Continuous Improvement, Masaaki Imai has been a pioneer and leader in spreading the KAIZEN™ philosophy globally. Masaaki Imai founded Kaizen Institute in 1985, to help companies around the world to implement the methodology of KAIZEN™ and claims that all companies should employ KAIZEN™ as their corporate strategy. Over the last three decades, Imai has authored books and articles, and held lectures on KAIZEN™ and Lean, quality, leadership and other related management subjects. Imai understands the steps required to bring a company to the next level and to achieve high performance, focusing on the processes rather than the results.
Books written by Masaaki Imai
- 2012: "Gemba KAIZEN™: A Commonsense Approach to a Continuous Improvement Strategy, 2nd Edition" (McGraw Hill)
- 1997: "Gemba KAIZEN™: A Commonsense, Low-cost Approach to Management" (McGraw Hill)
- 1986: "KAIZEN™: The Key to Japan’s Competitive Success" (McGraw Hill)
- 1975: "Never Take Yes for an Answer: An Inside Look at Japanese Business"
Request Masaaki Imai as a featured Speaker
Masaaki Imai continues to play a significant role as the ambassador and visionary of the organisation while actively participating in conferences around the world, spreading his unique, convincing message of KAIZEN™. Choose one of the following services:
Masaaki Imai holds speeches about KAIZEN™, Lean and Continuous Improvement related topics at public or private events and conferences.
Company visit and Gemba walk
Masaaki Imai visits your organisation, conducts Gemba walks, and shares his insight for improvement. This is a great opportunity to increase the motivation and morale of the people within the organisation, at any levels.
Our Origami Symbols
Our corporate symbol is the butterfly that symbolizes transformation
Japan's origami requires determination and precision, something very similar to KAIZEN™
The four butterflies symbolize the importance of coordinated activities in four distinctive areas
The owl symbolizes the willingness to gain wisdom and knowledge and represents our training & education services
The owl on a cloud represents our online learning methods to expand knowledge
The dove symbolizes our events & conferences programmes, bringing news and messages about KAIZEN™
The dolphin symbolizes our networking events, as they have high social competence
The star represents excellence and success and symbolizes our KAIZEN™ Award programmes
The seagull symbolizes a traveler and represents our KAIZEN™ Benchmark Tours
The cherry blossom symbolizes KAIZEN™ Insight Tours in Japan, both rare occasions for one to witness and experience
Are you interested in Kaizen Institute UK's consulting services?
We assist client teams in achieving great results by rapidly putting ideas into action.
Are you interested in Kaizen Institute UK's training services?
Kaizen Institute's distinctive training programme includes learning the theory and practice, and Gemba visits whenever possible.
ContactKaizen Institute UK
New Broad Street House
35 New Broad St
Tel: +44 (0)7757 776921