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Driving innovations in manufacturing: Open Access research from DMEM

Strathprints makes available Open Access scholarly outputs by Strathclyde's Department of Design, Manufacture & Engineering Management (DMEM).

Centred on the vision of 'Delivering Total Engineering', DMEM is a centre for excellence in the processes, systems and technologies needed to support and enable engineering from concept to remanufacture. From user-centred design to sustainable design, from manufacturing operations to remanufacturing, from advanced materials research to systems engineering.

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Implementing lean six sigma service in a front office customer service centre

Smith, Marisa K. and Van der Meer, Robert and MacBryde, Jillian C. (2010) Implementing lean six sigma service in a front office customer service centre. In: 17th International Euroma Conference - Managing Operations in Service Economies, 2010-06-06 - 2010-06-09.

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Abstract

This research discussed in this paper concerns the managerial challenges involved in the implementation of a particular type of programme for organisational improvement or, more specifically, operations improvement. The research employs an exploratory comparative case methodology of two service centres which employ different implementation strategies. The findings are that there are a number of managerial challenges that are common across the two cases, these are; process and value stream mapping, performance measures, stability and variability of demand, standardization, training and continuous improvement culture. The differences come in the approaches that the two cases take to these challenges.