GDN will provide support to four selected research teams from developing countries to generate quality, empirical and local academic knowledge through rigorous documentation of existing initiatives aimed at improving productivity at the firm level. These teams have been selected through an open Call for Expressions of Interest that received over 50 submissions from 27 eligible countries.
The teams will receive research grants of up to USD 40,000 each, as well as mentoring, peer reviews, training, site visits, and opportunities for publication. Research outputs will be published in a book on the Kaizen experience, edited by Akio Hosono (JICA Research Insitute) and John Page (Brookings Institution).
Each team will participate in an inception workshop in Tokyo and Nagoya, Japan from 19-22 June, 2017, where they will attend a seminar on Kaizen and finalize their research proposals.
Proposal: Brazil Productivity Challenges: Does Management Matter?
Principal Investigator: Filipe Lage-de-Sousa
Institutional Affiliation: Fluminense Federal University
Proposal: Kaizen and Productivity Improvement: An Experiment with SMEs in Vietnam
Principal Investigator: Vu Hoang Nam
Institutional Affiliation: Foreign Trade University
Proposal: Increasing Productivity through Small Changes: The case of the Manufacturing Productivity Extension Program in the Philippines
Principal Investigator: Nestor Rañeses
Institutional Affiliation: Department of Industrial Engineering and Operations Research, College of Engineering, University of the Philippines Diliman
Proposal: Management Practices and Productivity Improvement in Manufacturing Enterprises in Ghana
Principal Investigator: Charles Ackah
Institutional Affiliation: University of Ghana
GDN will provide knowledge exchange and capacity building services to the selected teams, and will support teams on a continuing basis in research management, and research dissemination for policy influence. Teams will receive mentoring support and gain feedback from continuous peer-review by experts in the field.