Factorial Analysis of the Critical Success Factors of Continuous Improvement (CI) Techniques in the Companies from Sohar Industrial Estate, Oman

Authors

  • Samiya Al Qayoudhi University of Technology and Applied Sciences
  • Shanmuga Pria University of Technology and Applied Sciences, Shinas
  • Venkata Vara Prasad University of Technology and Applied Sciences, Shinas

Keywords:

Continuous Improvement Practices, Manufacturing Industry, Critical Success Factors, Company Success Factors, Sultanate of Oman

Abstract

Purpose: The research objectives was to analyze the role of continuous improvement (CI) techniques in manufacturing in Oman in the CI process and to investigate the crucial factors of CI and the application techniques of CI that has been implemented by the manufacturing companies during the CI process.

Design/methodology/approach: A survey questionnaire was developed with the baseline of CI practices used by manufacturing companies in Oman and convenient sampling method was used to collect the data.  146 completely filled in questionnaires were collected from 75 manufacturing units out of the entire Public Establishment database. The data was tabulated, compiled. The robustness was tested along with the ranking tests and the factor analysis using SPSS and AMOS.

Findings: The results reveal that the Omani manufacturing companies using structured CI programs had lesser product recalls, lead to increased overall sales, decrease in processing time. Further, it is also revealed that the CI culture and Employee Performance Measurement and Review are instrumental in translating into company savings.

Research limitations/implications: This research was limited to Sohar Industrial estate only. As there are nine industrial estates in Oman, the research can be undertaken to study the CI practices adoption in all the other industrial estates as well.

Social implications: Countries from all over the world are facing numerous challenges due to COVID-19. The paper will help the manufacturing companies in decision making towards the process improvement.

Originality/Value: There is not many studies on continuous improvement practices within the Omani manufacturing industry and this paper examines the status of CI implementation in manufacturing companies in Oman.

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Published

2021-10-11

How to Cite

Al Qayoudhi, S., Pria, S., & Prasad, V. (2021). Factorial Analysis of the Critical Success Factors of Continuous Improvement (CI) Techniques in the Companies from Sohar Industrial Estate, Oman. International Journal of Research in Entrepreneurship &Amp; Business Studies, 2(4), 1–12. Retrieved from https://gspjournals.com/ijrebs/index.php/ijrebs/article/view/43