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Title: Impact of Lean Six Sigma Methodology Application with a View at Attaining Continual Improvement in the Chemical Manufacturing Industry

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Title:
Impact of Lean Six Sigma Methodology Application with a View at Attaining Continual Improvement in the Chemical Manufacturing Industry
Author Name:
Peter Muganyi, Charles Mbohwa
Abstract:
Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to explore the application oflean six sigma methodology and its impact in an organization at attaining continual improvement. Design/methodology/approach – The emphasis of this research is to establish how the lean six sigma methodology can be utilized by an organization to attain continual improvement in a chemical manufacturing organization, and to assess the impact on the organization. Findings – The analysis results from a chemical manufacturing company inSouth Africa, based in Durban have been utilized in establishing the validity of the data and this shows that lean six sigma methodology is applicable and effective for continual improvement in manufacturing organizations, whereas more effort needs to be put into gathering data applicable for the development ofnew continual improvement methodologies thatorganizations can use for continual improvement. Research limitations/implications – Following the recent trend of increasing popularity of continual and continuous improvement strategies, availed mostly to manufacturing enterprises, this researchsought to establish that the lean six sigma methodology can be used as a tool for achieving continual improvement in the manufacturing organizations. The research was focused on one chemical manufacturing organization without covering other different types of manufacturing organizations. This research was thus conducted to investigate the applicability, effectiveness, usefulness, implementability and suitability of a lean six sigmamethodology meant as a continual improvement option for a chemical manufacturing organization in South Africa. Originality/value – The approach in the paper adds important knowledge on continual improvement methodologies and how they are utilized to enhance continual improvement for manufacturing organizations.
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