Six Sigma Of The 21st Century

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Six Sigma in the 21st Century Globalized initiatives have lead businesses into the 21st century with a wide assortment of quality management theories, disciplines, methodologies, and certifications. Since the 1980s many of these practices have been built around the simple yet proven tools and techniques of Six Sigma. Modern variations of Six Sigma are applied to a multitude of quality management initiatives around the world. With an ever expanding Six Sigma community there is growing debate amongst scholars about how it should be applied in the years to come. In recent years there has been an initiative to reevaluate the role of Six Sigma and how we can adapt it to the quality systems of our time. After the hype of the 1980s scholars have…show more content…
This article concludes with the call for in depth studies of the different phases of knowledge absorption as well as an attempt to study six sigma methodologies “from a perspective of cultural change in an organization, considering how cultural change can affect relative absorptive capacity.”(672). Modeling data with Six Sigma helps us to understand the internal workings of an organization. In the article "Simulation Analysis Of A Production Process With Selected Six Sigma Ratios." Dobrzyński, Michał, and Piotr Waszczur (2012) simulate the application of statistical methods to monitor processes and parameters for hidden factors (49). Standard SS ratios are applied to a model of an automobile production line to show the proper analyses of individual process parameters. Their models show that “so called Total Quality Management” practices of simply placing quality inspections between each process are blind to hidden factors. By executing a six sigma quality initiative to analyze the individual operation parameters and processes the number of irreparable defects decreased significantly (50). This study is a reminder of the continued need for companies to gather concentrated statistical data and use models to examine processes for hidden factors and continuously improve organizational functionality. Acknowledgement has been given to the fact that a structured approach to change management is vital to big business but few have given attention to the little
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