Perceptions of the implementation of Lean Six Sigma: a case of the U.K. and Nigerian manufacturing industries

Umude Igbru Oviri Charles, Brian Price

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Finding its roots from the manufacturing industry, substantial literature has buttress the factors required for successful implementation of the Lean Six Sigma (LSS) initiative. However researches shows differences in characteristics in terms of understanding and the acceptability of LSS between different countries, particularly within the divide of Developing and Developed economies. This study was conducted in the manufacturing industries of both countries of Nigeria and the United Kingdom, representing Developing and Developed countries respectively. This research examines stages organizations encounter in their LSS journey, exposing attributes peculiar to each of the cases. Employing a qualitative methodological approach, a thorough case analysis comprising of Eight (8) manufacturing companies and 23 interviewees is seeking to expose attributes per case, as the affect the implementation of the Lean Six Sigma initiative. Findings from this study highlights three (3) main themes of Organizational readiness to LSS, LSS Roll-out plan, and Sustainability of LSS as major factors to be considered in the Lean Six Sigma implementation journey. This research further contributes to the body of knowledge relating to implementation issues faced between companies, as findings could aid LSS practitioners on their journey.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 2016 International Conference on Industrial Engineering and Operations Management Detroit, Michigan, USA, September 23-25, 2016
Number of pages1
ISBN (Electronic)978-0-9855497-5-6
Publication statusPublished - 2016
EventIEOM Detroit Conference, IEOM 2016 - Southfield, MI, United States
Duration: 23 Sept 201625 Sept 2016

Publication series

ISSN (Print)2169-8767


ConferenceIEOM Detroit Conference, IEOM 2016
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySouthfield, MI

Bibliographical note



  • continuous improvement
  • developing countries
  • lean six sigma
  • Nigeria
  • United Kingdom


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