Doctoral Dissertations

Title

An analysis of continuous improvement in lean enterprise and six sigma approaches

Abstract

"Lean enterprise focuses on eliminating waste or non-value added activities. While six sigma targets reducing errors and variations. Both use continuous improvement and this research evaluates key continuous improvement characteristics that each approach recommends in regards to leadership, learning, and collaborating, but is often overlooked in execution. Are lean enterprise and six sigma approaches applied to drive continuous improvement? Phone interviews test this hypothesis across a population of 174 different automotive companies in nine industries. This research also evaluates these key characteristics to the methods used, benefits obtained, and industry features"--Abstract, leaf iii.

Advisor(s)

Murray, Susan L.

Committee Member(s)

Liou, Frank W.
Saygin, Can
Nystrom, Halvard E.
Allada, Venkat

Department(s)

Engineering Management and Systems Engineering

Degree Name

Ph. D. in Engineering Management

Publisher

University of Missouri--Rolla

Publication Date

Spring 2006

Pagination

ix, 197 leaves

Note about bibliography

Includes bibliographical references (leaves 188-196).

Rights

© 2006 Wende J. Huehn-Brown, All rights reserved.

Document Type

Dissertation - Citation

File Type

text

Language

English

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Industrial efficiency
Organizational effectiveness
Six sigma (Quality control standard)

Thesis Number

T 9059

Print OCLC #

169915197

Link to Catalog Record

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http://laurel.lso.missouri.edu/record=b5947086~S5

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