Seminars & Events

APL (Ajiken Power Lunch)

Short and Longer Run Impacts of Kaizen Management Training: The Case in Tanzania

APL (Ajiken Power Lunch) is a lunchtime workshop open to public, including IDE staffs, visiting research fellows, IDEAS students, outside researchers and graduate students. This workshop provides a platform for presentation of any work in progress where we can discuss in either English or Japanese.

Those who would attend a seminar are asked to announce yourself to receptionists on your arrival at the IDE and to obtain APL Organizers' signature on your admission card after the seminar.


February 4, 2016. (Thursday) 14:30-16:00


Short and Longer Run Impacts of Kaizen Management Training: The Case in Tanzania


We conducted a randomized experiment among Tanzanian small garment manufacturers to examine the impacts of short-term basic management training. Our training featured a common-sense approach to production management, Kaizen, and was taught in two different modes: one in classroom and the other on site. Using panel data collected before and after the training interventions in the span of four years with negligible attrition rate, we find that our training programs improved entrepreneurs’ management capacity and such improvement remained significant for three years after the intervention. Although the training impact on business performance was not significant shortly after the training, the entrepreneurs received both classroom and on-site training had significantly higher value added three years after the training programs. Such business improvement can be explained by the selected adoption of relevant management practices and the change in investment behavior of the training participants. The time lag between the training intervention and the business improvement suggests the importance of collecting panel data in a long span to evaluate the impacts of management training.


Yuki Higuchi (Nagoya City University, Graduate School of Economics)


Jiyoung KIM



Institute of Developing Economies, APL Organizers
KIM, Jiyoung E-mail:Jiyoung_KimE-mail
LEI, Lei E-mail:Lei_LeiE-mail
OSADA, Noriyuki E-mail:Noriyuki_OsadaE-mail