DISCONTINUANCE OF SIX SIGMA PROGRAMS: A COMPARATIVE STUDY OF CASES

Authors

  • Carlos Henrique Mora Júnior Universidade Nove de Julho
  • Edmilson Lima Universidade Nove de Julho

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.5700/rege445

Keywords:

Six Sigma Program, Quality Programs, Quality Management.

Abstract

This article presents a study of factors that influence discontinuance of Six Sigma quality programs and how the programs operate in an organizational context. This research  is based on a multi-case study conducted in a company of the electronics manufacturing sector and another in the service sector of call centers. Intra-case and inter-case analyses were performed on data from interviews. Eleven factors were identified that, in varying degrees influenced discontinuance of the Six Sigma program. Among these, four were more relevant: 1) lack of alignment of the Six Sigma program with the company's strategic objectives, 2) results and quality of projects and program did not meet expectations of senior management, 3) weak involvement of leaders with the program and, 4) inappropriate timing for the company's adoption of Six Sigma. Conclusions of the  research were that results of Six Sigma projects are more influenced by management and leadership (soft factors) than by technical, methodological or infrastructural factors (hard factors). This article also proposes a conceptual model that seeks to explain how these facto

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Author Biographies

Carlos Henrique Mora Júnior, Universidade Nove de Julho

Mestre em Administração pela Universidade Nove de Julho –  São Paulo-SP, Brasil MBA em gestão empresarial pela FGV.

Bacharel em Ciência da Computação pela Universidade Federal de Uberlândia

Edmilson Lima, Universidade Nove de Julho

Professor do Programa de Mestrado e Doutorado em Administração da Universidade Nove de Julho – Uninove–São Paulo-SP, Brasil.

Mestre em Administração pela Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina e Ph.D. em Administração pela HEC Montreal, Canadá.

Bacharel em Administração de Empresas pela Universidade Federal de Viçosa

How to Cite

Mora Júnior, C. H., & Lima, E. (2013). DISCONTINUANCE OF SIX SIGMA PROGRAMS: A COMPARATIVE STUDY OF CASES. REGE Revista De Gestão, 18(4), 639-658. https://doi.org/10.5700/rege445

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Produção e Operações