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Six Sigma vs Lean : some perspectives from leading academics and practitioners

Antony, Jiju (2011) Six Sigma vs Lean : some perspectives from leading academics and practitioners. International Journal of Productivity and Performance Management, 60 (2). pp. 185-190. ISSN 1741-0401

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Abstract

The purpose of this paper is to present the fundamental and critical differences between two of the most powerful methodologies in a process excellence initiative in any organisation. The approach taken was to collate opinions from a number of leading academics and practitioners from five different countries. It was also important to ensure that all participants have a good knowledge and expertise in the field of both Lean and Six Sigma methodologies. Although both methodologies are focused on process and quality improvement, Lean is formalisation and codification of experience and judgement which is not a feature of Six Sigma. Lean emphasises speed and waste, however Six Sigma emphasises variation, defects and process evaluation. The viewpoints expressed in the article are those of a few academics and practitioners. It is important to capture the viewpoints of more academics and practitioners to arrive at sound and valid conclusions. The paper provides an excellent resource for many researchers and for practitioners who are engaged in research and applications of the most two powerful methodologies for achieving and sustaining operational excellence. It is also critical to understand the fundamental differences between these two methodologies.

Item type: Article
ID code: 35282
Keywords: Six Sigma , Lean, business processing reengineering, operations management, total quality management, Management. Industrial Management, Business, Management and Accounting(all), Strategy and Management
Subjects: Social Sciences > Industries. Land use. Labor > Management. Industrial Management
Department: Faculty of Engineering > Design, Manufacture and Engineering Management
Depositing user: Pure Administrator
Date Deposited: 26 Oct 2011 18:54
Last modified: 21 May 2015 14:01
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URI: http://strathprints.strath.ac.uk/id/eprint/35282

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