R. Pelanek, M. Vanek, Y. Tomaskova
Thursday 28 September 2017 by Libadmin2017

References: 4th International Multidisciplinary Scientific Conference on Social Sciences and Arts SGEM 2017, www.sgemsocial.org, SGEM2017 Conference Proceedings, ISBN 978-619-7408-17-1 / ISSN 2367-5659, 24 - 30 August, 2017, Book 1, Vol 5, 489-496 pp, DOI: 10.5593/sgemsocial2017/15/S05.061


Attaining and sustaining of competitive advantages requires making many decisions in many areas of a complicated company system from the management. One of the areas which can contribute to a company success, and thus its managers, are methods of continuous improvement. The choice of concrete methods depends also on benefits the methods can bring and also on how complicated and organisationally and financially demanding their implementation is. The article informs about the results of a quantitative survey which was carried out in companies with 250 to 2,500 employees and which focused exactly on the area of implementation of methods of continuous improvement.
Our findings showed that majority of surveyed companies use methods of continuous improvement especially in production (65 %), 20 % in logistics and supplying, and 15 % of companies use methods of continuous improvement in control processes and management.
It was found out that in the process of implementation of methods of continuous improvement in practice possible unwillingness of Czech employees to improve processes on a daily basis seems to be a significant problem. Employees may perceive implementation of lean methods as a threat of losing their job in the future. However, companies are not too positive concerning implementation of methods of continuous improvement and decrease in the number of employees after it. Only 35 % of companies think that after implementation of methods of continuous improvement the number of employees will decrease in certain sections, 40 % of companies cannot say and 25 % of companies think that there is only possibility of saving some workforce.
Implementation of methods of continuous improvement is not possible without some financial cost, it was 1, 873 to 11, 235 EUR in the surveyed companies.

Keywords: continuous improvement, method implementation