McAdam, Rodney and Antony, Jiju and Kumar, Maneesh and Hazlett, Shirley A (2013) Absorbing new knowledge in small and medium-sized enterprises : a multiple case analysis of Six Sigma. International Small Business Journal, 31 (7). pp. 785-810. ISSN 0266-2426Full text not available in this repository. (Request a copy from the Strathclyde author)
The primary aim of this article is to critically analyse the development of Six Sigma theory and practice within small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) using a multiple case study approach. The article also explores the subsequent development of Lean Six Sigma as a means of addressing the perceived limitations of the efficacy of Six Sigma in this context. The overarching theoretical framework is that of absorptive capacity, where Six Sigma is conceptualized as new knowledge to be absorbed by smaller firms. The findings from a multiple case study involving repeat interviews and focus groups informed the development of an analytical model demonstrating the dynamic underlying routines for the absorptive capacity process and the development of a number of summative propositions relating the characteristics of SMEs to Six Sigma and Lean Six Sigma implementation.
|Keywords:||critique , SMEs , six sigma development , absorptive capacity , perspective, Engineering design, Engineering(all)|
|Subjects:||Technology > Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General) > Engineering design|
|Department:||Faculty of Engineering > Design, Manufacture and Engineering Management|
|Depositing user:||Pure Administrator|
|Date Deposited:||30 Oct 2012 15:59|
|Last modified:||04 May 2016 18:14|