Continuous improvement (kaizen) initiatives and events are widely used in western manufacturing organisations for the engagement of employees in the improvement of processes and procedures. This paper is presenting the development of a structural model of the various variables that are important to implement continuous improvement initiatives in UAE manufacturing small and medium enterprises (SMEs). The critical success factors have been identified through a comprehensive literature review. The Interpretive Structural Modelling (ISM) technique has been used for deducting a structured model of the relationships of these variables. Finally, MICMAC analysis was performed for classifying these variables into four groups of autonomous, dependent, linkage, and independent variables. Through this analysis, the few key variables that have to be addressed first for the successful implementation of Kaizen.
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