Hosin Kanri

The following information about the origins of hoshin kanri was extracted from the Hoshin Handbook, Second Edition (ISBN #0-9651861-0-5) written by Pete Babich, President, Total Quality Engineering, Inc. (http://www.tqe.com) and reprinted here with his permission.

Hoshin kanri was developed in Japan to communicate company policy to everyone in the organization. Hoshin's primary benefit is to focus activity on the key things necessary for success. Japanese Deming Prize winners credit hoshin as being a key contributor to their business success. Progressive U.S. companies, such as Hewlett-Packard and Xerox, have also adopted hoshin as their strategic planning process. Hoshin meets the intent of the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality ...

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