Corporate perspectives: commonalities and differences between Six Sigma and Lean

Sunder M, V (2015) Corporate perspectives: commonalities and differences between Six Sigma and Lean. International Journal of Lean Six Sigma, 6 (3). pp. 281-288. ISSN 2040-4166

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The purpose of this paper is to present the corporate views of the commonalities and differences between two of the most powerful methodologies for process improvement in organisations.
The approach taken was to collate the viewpoints from various corporate professionals. Participants were chosen from different countries across the globe, with a median experience of 10 years as a quality professional with expertise in the field of both Lean and Six Sigma.
Thirty-one key points have been highlighted as findings, as a summary of viewpoints provided by the participants. Fourteen commonalities and 17 differences between Six Sigma and Lean were identified. Key findings were grouped under four categories –Approach, Customer, Focus and Organisation.
Research limitations/implications
The corporate opinions expressed in the paper are those of a few professionals selected for the study. It is important to capture the viewpoints of more such practitioners to arrive at sound and valid conclusions.
The paper provides an excellent platform for both academicians and working professionals to understand the corporate views of commonalities and differences between the two powerful process improvement methodologies. The paper lays a platform for researchers to understand the applications of Six Sigma and Lean for process excellence.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: The research article was published by the author with the affiliation of Barclays
Subjects: Operations Management
Date Deposited: 05 Sep 2023 16:45
Last Modified: 05 Sep 2023 16:45

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