Call for Expressions of Interest  
EOI: Kaizen and other Management Approaches

The Global Development Network has launched a call for expressions of interest for research teams interested in producing high quality research to document the increase in productivity at the firm level through the implementation of different management methodslike Kaizen (the Japanese style management approach). Four selected teams will receive up to USD 40,000 to conduct research projects under GDN’s program, Productivity Improvement in the Private and Public Sector: Roles and Lessons from Kaizen approaches.

Through this program, and in partnership with the JICA-Research Institute (JICA-RI), GDN intends to document the relationship between management methods and productivity at the firm level. GDN and JICA-RI aim to address the need to address the lack of contextualized knowledge on managerial capital and interactions with policies to enhance productivity growth. The partnership will draw on different cases to document what has been done to enrich our shared knowledge of initiatives in the public or the private sector to boost productivity and the role of policies to support them, with a focus on the Japanese managerial philosophy and method, Kaizen.

The purpose of this call is to support high caliber and policy-oriented research on the topic of firm level productivity emanating from developing countries.  Research outputs will be published in a book on the Kaizen experienceedited by Akio Hosono (JICA Research Insitute) and John Page (Brookings Institution).

Key features of the call

  • The current call asks for expressions of interest for funding support from GDN
  • GDN will provide a maximum of four (4) research grants of up to USD 40,000 each, as well as mentoring, peer reviews, training, site visits, and opportunities for publication
  • The research teams need to be based in the countries of project implementation and be citizens of developing countries
  • Research outputs will be published in a book on the Kaizen experience
  • Projects are expected to start in April 2017 and to finish no later than 30 June 2018
  • Selected applicants will be invited to an inception week in Tokyo in May 2017
  • Deadline for expressions of interest: 6 April 2017, 6pm IST (Indian Standard Time)


See the full Call for Expressions of Interest for details on eligibility criteria and how to apply | Watch the launch video  | See the FAQ Sheet | Apply online in English | For more information, please write to

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