Six sigma critical success factors in manufacturing industries

Zainol Mustafa, Z. Jamaluddin

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Abstract

The success of Six Sigma implementation is known to depend on a number of contributing factors. The purpose of this paper is to explore Six Sigma critical success factors (CSFs) in the context of Malaysian manufacturing organizations. Although Six Sigma success factors have been abundantly researched in the global context, in this paper, a maiden attempt is made to identify, through an extensive literature review, the CSFs for Six Sigma implementation followed by their validation using primary data collection from Malaysian manufacturing companies. A total of 33 indicators have thus been compiled through an extensive literature review which then been grouped into 6 contributing factors. These contributing success factors are then validated through an empirical research of selected Malaysian manufacturing companies at various stages of implementation of the Six Sigma process improvement methodology. There has been an overemphasis on the role and commitment of the management in the success of a Six Sigma program. Though it is undoubted, certain other factors also play an equally important role in ensuring that the Six Sigma programs are successful. The factor analysis of CSFs of the Malaysian manufacturing organizations selected in this study demonstrates that the top factor is a composite factor showing combination of the ability of the project teams to use the process management on quality initiative and a training using a proper analysis in problem solving. The CSFs extracted through the factor analysis could provide a basis for manufacturing organizations embarking on the Six Sigma journey to look beyond just management involvement. Thus, one can develop an integrated framework of other factors as outlined and give them appropriate priority and focus.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication4th International Conference on Mathematical Sciences - Mathematical Sciences
Subtitle of host publicationChampioning the Way in a Problem Based and Data Driven Society, ICMS 2016
PublisherAmerican Institute of Physics Inc.
Volume1830
ISBN (Electronic)9780735414983
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 27 Apr 2017
Event4th International Conference on Mathematical Sciences - Mathematical Sciences: Championing the Way in a Problem Based and Data Driven Society, ICMS 2016 - Putrajaya, Malaysia
Duration: 15 Nov 201617 Nov 2016

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Other4th International Conference on Mathematical Sciences - Mathematical Sciences: Championing the Way in a Problem Based and Data Driven Society, ICMS 2016
CountryMalaysia
CityPutrajaya
Period15/11/1617/11/16

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Mustafa, Z., & Jamaluddin, Z. (2017). Six sigma critical success factors in manufacturing industries. In 4th International Conference on Mathematical Sciences - Mathematical Sciences: Championing the Way in a Problem Based and Data Driven Society, ICMS 2016 (Vol. 1830). [080020] American Institute of Physics Inc.. https://doi.org/10.1063/1.4981004

Six sigma critical success factors in manufacturing industries. / Mustafa, Zainol; Jamaluddin, Z.

4th International Conference on Mathematical Sciences - Mathematical Sciences: Championing the Way in a Problem Based and Data Driven Society, ICMS 2016. Vol. 1830 American Institute of Physics Inc., 2017. 080020.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Mustafa, Z & Jamaluddin, Z 2017, Six sigma critical success factors in manufacturing industries. in 4th International Conference on Mathematical Sciences - Mathematical Sciences: Championing the Way in a Problem Based and Data Driven Society, ICMS 2016. vol. 1830, 080020, American Institute of Physics Inc., 4th International Conference on Mathematical Sciences - Mathematical Sciences: Championing the Way in a Problem Based and Data Driven Society, ICMS 2016, Putrajaya, Malaysia, 15/11/16. https://doi.org/10.1063/1.4981004
Mustafa Z, Jamaluddin Z. Six sigma critical success factors in manufacturing industries. In 4th International Conference on Mathematical Sciences - Mathematical Sciences: Championing the Way in a Problem Based and Data Driven Society, ICMS 2016. Vol. 1830. American Institute of Physics Inc. 2017. 080020 https://doi.org/10.1063/1.4981004
Mustafa, Zainol ; Jamaluddin, Z. / Six sigma critical success factors in manufacturing industries. 4th International Conference on Mathematical Sciences - Mathematical Sciences: Championing the Way in a Problem Based and Data Driven Society, ICMS 2016. Vol. 1830 American Institute of Physics Inc., 2017.
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