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Hoshin Kanri - Definition

In Japanese, hoshin means shining metal, compass, or pointing the direction, kanri means management or control.  The name suggests how hoshin planning aligns an organization toward accomplishing a single goal.

Hoshin Kanri is a step-by-step planning, operational, and review process that is utilized to implement managed organizational change.


The discipline of hoshin kanri is intended to help an organization:

Focus on a shared goal

Communicate that goal to all leaders

Involve all leaders in planning to achieve the goal

Hold participants accountable for achieving their


part of the plan