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Networking to boost lean six sigma potential
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Business Administration, Technology and Social Sciences, Business Administration and Industrial Engineering.
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Business Administration, Technology and Social Sciences, Innovation and Design.
2008 (English)In: Third international Conference on Sex Sigma / [ed] Jiju Antony; Maneesh Kumar; Chidebere Ogbu, Glasgow: University of Strathclyde, 2008, 488-500 p.Conference paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

At the beginning of 2008 three SMEs in a small town in Sweden started a network project inspired by the Six Sigma programme, and hired a full-time Black Belt to lead the improvement activities. Three months into the project, we interviewed the top management of the participating companies and the Black Belt, to pinpoint success factors as well as risks of the cooperation project. Results show that statistical methods were unused in favour of methods associated with lean manufacturing such as 5S. Accordingly, the expectations of the CEOs were related to production improvements and flow rather than quality. Both the Black Belt and the CEOs stated that management commitment was vital for the success of the partnership, but also that the visibility of this commitment could be improved. Despite this, all interviewees agreed that the project had gotten a good start and the managers had high expectations for its progress.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Glasgow: University of Strathclyde, 2008. 488-500 p.
Research subject
Quality Technology and Management; Entrepreneurship and Innovation
URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-34537Local ID: 8c2b1c50-abec-11dd-a7c5-000ea68e967bISBN: 978-0-947649-32-6OAI: diva2:1007788
International Conference on Six Sigma : 15/12/2008 - 16/12/2008
Godkänd; 2008; 20081106 (bjarne_b)Available from: 2016-09-30 Created: 2016-09-30Bibliographically approved

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