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Status of Lean Six Sigma implementation in Indian industries: a cross-sectional national survey

Anand S. Patel (Department of Mechanical Engineering, Institute of Technology, Nirma University, Ahmedabad, India)
Kaushik M. Patel (Department of Mechanical Engineering, Institute of Technology, Nirma University, Ahmedabad, India)

International Journal of Lean Six Sigma

ISSN: 2040-4166

Article publication date: 27 December 2022

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Abstract

Purpose

Evidence indicates that the Indian economy has grown enormously in recent years. and Lean Six Sigma (LSS) has evolved globally as a structured business improvement strategy with diverse applicability in the last fifteen years. Therefore, this paper aims to investigate the status of LSS implementation in Indian industries using a survey research technique.

Design/methodology/approach

A survey questionnaire was devised from the literature, containing 25 questions to assess respondents’ awareness of the LSS methodology and gain insights on aspects associated with LSS adoption in Indian industries. The survey questionnaire was validated and was conducted using randomly sampled respondents from the Confederation of Indian Industries membership database. The collected data were statistically analyzed using IBM SPSS and MS Excel.

Findings

The findings attest that adopting LSS is not so encouraging and extremely poor in small- and medium-scale Indian industries. ISO 9001 emerged as a prominent quality improvement program. It is learnt that consultants play a pivotal role in bringing awareness and skills building while implementing LSS. Results endorse top management commitment and involvement, and resistance to change as leading success factors and challenges, respectively. Further, it is revealed that respondents were highly satisfied after the adoption of LSS.

Research limitations/implications

The findings of this study were derived from 183 responses and should be generalized cautiously.

Originality/value

This paper provides valuable insights on the present status covering the issues related to L:SS implementation in India. These results can motivate the managers of Indian industries for wide adoption of the LSS methodology. In addition, the findings of the paper may assist the researchers providing direction to carry out further research in LSS in the Indian context.

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Acknowledgements

The authors acknowledge and are grateful to the Institute of Technology, Nirma University, Ahmedabad for providing financial support to procure the Online CII membership database.

Citation

Patel, A.S. and Patel, K.M. (2022), "Status of Lean Six Sigma implementation in Indian industries: a cross-sectional national survey", International Journal of Lean Six Sigma, Vol. ahead-of-print No. ahead-of-print. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJLSS-05-2022-0107

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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