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How to Implement Six Sigma for Maximum Benefit

Summary: Competitive advantage obtained from the implementation of a Six Sigma program depends largely on program design. There are many types of Black Belt (BB) practices to choose from, and for international corporations, practices must be appropriate to the national culture. Six Sigma growth has boomed as more companies realize its competitive advantage. Six Sigma program design usually starts with the selection of high-potential executives to be BBs, and ultimately to be certified to Master Black Belt (MMB) status. Other employees receive training as Green Belts (GB) before assignment to BB teams. The success of BB teams can depend on Six Sigma cultural factors. National culture calls for a different approach to implementation for each type of country. National culture is characterized by two dimensions: the employee empowerment approach and the task orientation approach. Appropriately designed Six Sigma cultures can improve the value and rarity of Six Sigma programs through greater attention to technical and acceptance factors. A sidebar article describes how Six Sigma practices can be effectively applied to e-business operations.

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  • Topics: Six Sigma
  • Keywords: Business plans,Culture,Six Sigma,Program development,Globalization
  • Author: Gowen, Charles R. III
  • Journal: Six Sigma Forum Magazine