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Entrepreneurial Skills for Engineers Unit 10: Driving continuous improvement into your business

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Unit overview

This unit will help you to understand how to drive continuous improvement into your business in the context of broader operational delivery and innovation. It will give you a better understanding of the tools and techniques that can be used to manage continuous improvement as part of your enterprise and/or your entrepreneurial journey.

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This course is authored by the Nathu Puri Institute (NPI) for Engineering and Enterprise, which was established in 2011 at London South Bank University (LSBU). The Institute conducts research and shares its findings on integrated approaches to engineering education, with the aim of fostering confidence and enterprise in learning and practice. This course was written by the Director of the Institute, Professor Simon Philbin, along with Thomas Empson, Robin Jones, Paul Mansell, Mausam Gaurav and Pavan Kumar Sala.

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What you will learn
• Appreciate the background to continuous improvement, having been introduced to Edward Deming’s seminal work and the Japanese philosophical method of Kaizen.
• Understand the principles of application based on the Toyota Case Study.
• Use selected tools and techniques for continuous improvement.
Who should learn
Engineers with an interest in innovation and entrepreneurship. Engineers looking to develop new products and services, or setting up a new business area or a new start-up company. Engineers working in large companies as well as entrepreneurial engineers who are looking to set up or have already set up a new company.

Job titles include:
• Engineer (mechanical engineer, electrical engineer, industrial engineer, chemical engineer, etc.)
• Project engineer
• Design engineer
• Process engineer
• Quality engineer
• Project manager, programme manager
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