Acceptability of Lean Six Sigma in a developing economy:results from exploratory research in Nigerian consulting companies


The application of Lean Six Sigma (LSS) varies in different regions of the world in terms of both level of understanding and acceptability. Employing a qualitative methodological approach, this paper aims to explore factors hindering the acceptability of the LSS initiative in organizations and list factors required for successful application and implementation in a developing economy from the perspective of LSS consultants. Using Nigeria as a case study, primary data were collected though a number of semi-structured interviews with representatives of leading continuous improvement consultancy firms in Nigeria. Finding draws out links between major factors such as drivers and motivation, LSS performance, marketability and challenges to the acceptability and applicability of LSS in Nigeria. Further findings highlight major factors such as lack of management buy-in, level of awareness, certification driven market, Nigerian environment and culture, etc as problems that hinder successful implementation of LSS in Nigeria. This paper contributes to the theoretical foundation of critical success factors required for the implementation of Lean Six Sigma, with results from the experience of a developing economy.

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Divisions: College of Engineering & Physical Sciences > School of Infrastructure and Sustainable Engineering > Engineering Systems and Supply Chain Management
College of Engineering & Physical Sciences > Aston Logistics and Systems Institute
College of Engineering & Physical Sciences > Sustainable environment research group
College of Engineering & Physical Sciences
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Event Title: 5th International Conference on Industrial Engineering and Operations Management
Event Type: Other
Event Dates: 2015-03-03 - 2015-03-05
Uncontrolled Keywords: continuous Improvement,developing Countries,Lean Six Sigma,Nigeria,Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering,Management Science and Operations Research
ISBN: 978-1-4799-6065-1
Last Modified: 05 Jan 2024 08:27
Date Deposited: 13 Jul 2015 09:40
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PURE Output Type: Conference contribution
Published Date: 2015
Accepted Date: 2015-03-03
Authors: Umude-Igbru, Oviri
Price, Brian (ORCID Profile 0000-0003-4860-0198)



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