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Evaluating critical failure factors for implementing sustainable lean six sigma framework in manufacturing organization: A case experience

Vikas Swarnakar (Department of Mechanical Engineering, National Institute of Technology, Raipur, Raipur, India)
Anil Kr Tiwari (Department of Mechanical Engineering, National Institute of Technology, Raipur, Raipur, India)
A.R. Singh (Department of Mechanical Engineering, National Institute of Technology, Raipur, Raipur, India)

International Journal of Lean Six Sigma

ISSN: 2040-4166

Article publication date: 10 April 2020

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this study is to identify, evaluate and develop a structured model to measure the interrelation between critical failure factors (CFFs) that affects the implementation of the sustainable Lean Six Sigma (SLSS) framework in a manufacturing organization. Further solution approaches have been provided that inhibit those CFFs and help in successful implementation of the framework.

Design/methodology/approach

To find the interrelation among the selected CFFs and develop a systematic structured model, a total interpretive structural modeling (TISM) approach has been used. A 13-level model for selected CFFs has been formed after the application of the TISM approach. Further classification of CFFs has been performed for a better understanding of their nature through MICMAC analysis.

Findings

A total of 26 SLSS CFFs have been identified through a detailed study of case organization, various literature reviews and experience of panel experts toward developing a systematic model of CFFs. The solution approach has been provided by panel experts based on their industrial experiences after observing the role of CFFs in the developed model. Based on the analysis, it was found that most dependent and dominant CFFs affect the implementation of the SLSS framework in the case organization.

Practical implications

This study helps SLSS practitioners, project managers, decision-makers and academicians of manufacturing industries to a better understanding of the failure factors and their interrelations while implementing the SLSS framework in manufacturing organizations. This study also guides the systematic solution approach which helps in tackling such problems that occurred in manufacturing organizations.

Originality/value

In this study, the TISM-based structural model of CFFs for implementing the SLSS framework in manufacturing organizations has been proposed which is a very new effort in the area of a manufacturing environment.

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Citation

Swarnakar, V., Tiwari, A.K. and Singh, A.R. (2020), "Evaluating critical failure factors for implementing sustainable lean six sigma framework in manufacturing organization: A case experience", International Journal of Lean Six Sigma, Vol. 11 No. 6, pp. 1083-1118. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJLSS-05-2019-0050

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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