A systematic literature review of Lean Six Sigma in different industries

V. Raja Sreedharan (Department of Industrial Engineering, Anna University, Chennai, India)
R. Raju (Department of Industrial Engineering, Anna University, Chennai, India)

International Journal of Lean Six Sigma

ISSN: 2040-4166

Publication date: 10 October 2016



The purpose of this paper is to review Lean Six Sigma (LSS) literature and report different definitions, demographics, methodologies and industries.


This paper highlights various definitions by different researchers and practitioners. A total of 235 research papers has been reviewed for the LSS theme, research methodology adopted, type of industry, author profile, country of research and year of publication.


From the review, four significant LSS classifications were identified that deal with the spread of LSS in different industries followed by observation for classification.

Practical implications

LSS is a strategy for success, but it did not examine its presence in various Industries. From this paper, readers can understand the quantum of its spread before implementing LSS. For academicians, it will be a comprehensive list of papers for research.


This paper reviews 235 research papers for their year, author profile, research methodology and type of industry. Various characteristics of LSS definitions and their theme are also reviewed.



Raja Sreedharan, V. and Raju, R. (2016), "A systematic literature review of Lean Six Sigma in different industries", International Journal of Lean Six Sigma, Vol. 7 No. 4, pp. 430-466. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJLSS-12-2015-0050



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