Six Sigma in small- and medium-sized enterprises:a Black Belt project in the Swedish steel industry

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Abstract

Many big companies around the world have solid Six Sigmainfrastructures and it is easy to find in literature successful case studies.Conversely, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) generally suffer lowerattention in the literature. This happens because SMEs have only recentlyapproached the methodology; they have weaker connection with the academia;or they do not rigorously pursue the frameworks. This paper is based on aSix Sigma project in a Swedish medium-sized company that producessteel tubes mainly for hydraulic applications. The project focused on theimprovement of warehouse activities related to cutting processes. This BlackBelt project was part of a Six Sigma education at the Chalmers University ofTechnology in Gothenburg. The case study offers the opportunity to discussgeneral and specific issues that a SME faces in the implementation of theSix Sigma methodology and it contributes to connect academic debate topractical experience in industry.
Lingua originaleEnglish
pagine (da-a)125-145
Numero di pagine21
RivistaInternational Journal of Six Sigma and Competitive Advantage
Volume8
Stato di pubblicazionePublished - 2014

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All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Strategy and Management
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering

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