Shingo Model ™

The Shingo Prize is the highest international standard an organisation can strive for in organisational excellence. Ireland has the highest per capita number of Shingo award recipients in the world, including a number of our member organisations.


 In 2023 Shingo Institute held their European Conference in Dublin, in partnership with ICBE . The attendance was higher than any previous European conference, reflecting the level of interest among organisations in Ireland in this globally recognised award.


European Shingo Conference 2023 - Highlights 

In 2023 the Shingo Academy conferred Life Membership on ICBE's Managing Director, Prof Eamonn Murphy. This was a well-deserved recognition of Eamonn’s contribution to the development of world class manufacturing systems in Ireland.

Our ICBE Board Chairman, Kieran Noonan, is also a Board Member of the Shingo Institute as well as a Shingo Examiner and actively supports the Shingo Institute through their conferences.

If your organisation is considering starting your Shingo journey and would like to talk to us, please contact

The Shingo Model

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The Shingo Prize is named after, Shigeo Shingo (新郷 重夫) – a Japanese industrial engineer who was considered one of the world’s leading experts on manufacturing practices and the Toyota Production System, working directly alongside Taiichi Ohno. In 1988, Utah State University conferred an honorary doctorate degree to Shigeo Shingo, for his contribution of many of the principles, elements, theories, and tools associated with the Toyota Production System. The Shingo Prize assessment is measured using the Shingo Model™.


As a business philosophy the Shingo Model, it is built on four basic components:


The ten Shingo Guiding Principles, which is divided into three dimensions

      • Cultural Enablers, Continuous Improvement, and Enterprise Alignment





The Shingo Prize is based on a complete assessment of an organisation’s culture and how well it drives world-class results. Examiners observe behaviour and rate the frequency, duration, intensity and scope of the required principle-based behaviour. They look at how managers focus on principles and culture, and how well systems are aligned with ideal behaviours.


Shingo recognition is totally unique in the world and is the most rigorous way to determine whether an organisation is fundamentally improving for the long-term and sustaining real change. Recipients fall into these three categories:


The Shingo Prize – a worldwide recognised symbol of an organisation’s successful establishment of a culture that fosters the principles of enterprise excellence.

Shingo Silver Medallion – awarded to organisations that are maturing on their learning journey, with the tools and systems to back this up.

Shingo Bronze Medallion – awarded to organisations in the earlier stages of cultural transformation, with a primary focus on tools and systems for improvement.