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 Sigma infrastructures and it is easy to find in literature successful case studies. Conversely, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) generally suffer lower attention in the literature. This happens because SMEs have only recently approached the methodology; they have weaker connection with the academia; or they do not rigorously pursue the frameworks. This paper is based on a Six Sigma project in a Swedish medium-sized company that produces steel tubes mainly for hydraulic applications. The project focused on the improvement of warehouse activities related to cutting processes. This Black Belt project was part of a Six Sigma education at the Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg. The case study offers the opportunity to discuss general and specific issues that a SME faces in the implementation of the Six Sigma methodology and it contributes to connect academic debate to practical 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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Iron and steel industry
Industry
Warehouses
Six sigma
Black belt
Small and medium-sized enterprises
Steel industry
Six Sigma
Education
Hydraulics
Methodology

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  • Strategy and Management
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering

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