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Implementation of continuous improvement based on Lean Six Sigma in small- and medium-sized enterprises

Timans, Werner, Ahaus, Kees, van Solingen, Rini, Kumar, Maneesh and Antony, Jiju 2016. Implementation of continuous improvement based on Lean Six Sigma in small- and medium-sized enterprises. Total Quality Management & Business Excellence 27 (3-4) , pp. 309-324. 10.1080/14783363.2014.980140

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Abstract

Research has highlighted a need for a specific and practical implementation framework for deploying Lean Six Sigma (LSS) in small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). The success of LSS implementation in SMEs is highly dependent on the extent to which an LSS deployment programme addresses the specific properties of SMEs. In this study we have evaluated an existing framework for Six Sigma implementation for SMEs [Kumar, M., Antony, J., & Tiwari, M. K. (2011). Six Sigma implementation framework for SMEs – a roadmap to manage and sustain the change. International Journal of Production Research, 49(18), 5449–5467] using a multi-method triangulation approach. The objectives of this study were firstly to strengthen the foundations of the existing framework by uncovering evidence for some of its elements and, secondly, to identify the proposed revisions to the framework, especially focussed on its application in manufacturing SMEs. The results of our study are a collection of confirmations and revision proposals for the framework, leading to a revised conceptual framework.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Business (Including Economics)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
Uncontrolled Keywords: Lean Six Sigma, framework, sustainable implementation, SMEs
Publisher: Routledge
ISSN: 1478-3363
Date of Acceptance: 18 November 2014
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 07:45
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/67675

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