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Six Sigma and its Effect on Radical Innovations
2014 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (professional degree), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Six Sigma was presented to the world after its introduction in Motorola during the 80’s. It is an effective way of reducing variation, costs and increasing quality by working for continual improvements in the organisation. This bachelor thesis is investigating if there is an impact on the development of radical innovations when working with Six Sigma.The first finding in this thesis is connected to the work with the customers, which is a key for success in Six Sigma. It was found that the customers might be having a limited understanding of the products and possible solutions of them. Ideas that is generated through the customers could than be limited to incremental improvements of existing products. Therefore it is important for Six Sigma organisations to look at what is important to future and possible customers.The second finding is connected to the work with continual improvements in Six Sigma. Small incremental changes will detract the focus from the need to reengineer the process or product completely. The organisations are reluctant in doing a dramatic change of a process or product that they have improved a lot on.However, the limitation of data in this thesis makes it necessary for further studies in this subject in order to support the findings.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2014. , 35 p.
Keyword [en]
Keyword [sv]
Teknik, Six Sigma, Radical innovation, incremental innovation, quality, continual improvements, long term, short term
URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-50135Local ID: 76b40239-5db5-4fda-a5e3-879b0aa94948OAI: diva2:1023492
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Student thesis, at least 30 credits
Educational program
Industrial and Management Engineering, master's level
Validerat; 20140903 (global_studentproject_submitter)Available from: 2016-10-04 Created: 2016-10-04Bibliographically approved

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