There are three types of Kaizen in its typology
namely Individual, Group and Management oriented.
The third is considered to be the crucial one because it
aims at the company strategy and requires the
contribution of every personnel. Individual oriented
kaizen emphasises the bottom-up approach, where
employee recommends the solution to the problems. The
group oriented kaizen demands employees to work in
group like quality circles with an intention of finding
problems during their business practice. This principle
intends improvement activities and emphasises its
importance through time, cost and product studies. One
of the crucial determent in successful implementation of
TQM is Continuous Improvement. MSMEs play critical
role in the economic development of a country. Quality
management of these MSMEs is would be critical for their
stability. The aim of the paper is to examine the level of
Continuous Improvement against functional
performance of product at MSMEs of Ballari, Karnataka.
The universe comprised executive and non executive
workforce of the firm. Sampling was carried out using
convenient sampling technique with sample size of 50 in
line with the Cochran formula. Data was collected using
observation and informal interview methods. Descriptive
statistics and Chi-square test was used to analyse the data.
The research envisaged that all the factors of Continuous
Improvement are associated with functional performance
of product at the MSMEs. The study revealed that, PreProcurement quality check and Preference over quality
than Price at the MSMEs has significant influence on
functional performance of product.
Keywords : Continuous Improvement, Factors of Continuous Improvement, Functional Performance of Product, etc