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Title: Improving on the six sigma paradigm
Authors: Goh, T.N. 
Xie, M. 
Keywords: Quality improvement
Quality management
Quality programmes
Issue Date: 2004
Source: Goh, T.N.,Xie, M. (2004). Improving on the six sigma paradigm. TQM Magazine 16 (4) : 235-240. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: Since its inception more than a decade ago, six sigma as a quality improvement framework has been gaining increasing attention and acceptance in industry. Thus performance in both manufacturing and service operations can now be calibrated in terms of "sigma level", and companies eager to impress customers have begun to label themselves "six sigma organizations". In this paper, a realistic view is taken of the six sigma framework, with an examination of the basis of six sigma and its long-term potential. It is argued that in the dynamic business environment of the twenty-first century, a forward-looking organization should aim beyond the six sigma benchmark; thus additional requirements are recommended to fortify the common six sigma approach, leading to an "eight-S" paradigm for sustained excellence in performance. © Emerald Group Publishing Limited.
Source Title: TQM Magazine
ISSN: 0954478X
DOI: 10.1108/09544780410541882
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