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Six Sigma and leadership: some observations and agenda for future research

Subashini Suresh (School of Engineering and the Built Environment, University of Wolverhampton, Wolverhampton, UK)
Jiju Antony (Department of Design, Manufacture and Engineering Management, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, UK)
Maneesh Kumar (Napier University Business School, Edinburgh Napier University, Edinburgh, UK)
Alex Douglas (Liverpool Business School, Liverpool John Moores University, Liverpool, UK)

The TQM Journal

ISSN: 1754-2731

Article publication date: 20 April 2012




Leadership has for a long time been a topic that attracts the attention of both academics and practitioners. In spite of the extensive literature on leadership and very little literature on leadership in Six Sigma, there is almost a complete absence to explain how and what leadership characteristics are needed for successful implementation of Six Sigma initiatives. This paper aims to address this issue.


This research adopts a triangulation method, however for the purpose of this paper; the focus is on a thorough review of literature.


From an exhaustive literature review, this research has made some observations and developed an agenda for research. This is presented in the form of an integrated leader, leadership and Six Sigma framework in addressing organisation sustainability issues.


The developed integrated framework for the successful deployment of Six Sigma contributes to knowledge which is underpinned by robust literature review.



Suresh, S., Antony, J., Kumar, M. and Douglas, A. (2012), "Six Sigma and leadership: some observations and agenda for future research", The TQM Journal, Vol. 24 No. 3, pp. 231-247.



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