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Statistical thinking and its role for industrial engineers and managers in the 21st century

Makrymichalos, Miltiadis, Antony, Jiju, Antony, Frenie and Kumar, Maneesh 2005. Statistical thinking and its role for industrial engineers and managers in the 21st century. Managerial Auditing Journal 20 (4) , pp. 354-363. 10.1108/02686900510592043

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Abstract

Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to demonstrate the vital linkage between six sigma and statistical thinking. The paper also explains the key characteristics required for statistical thinking and some of the common barriers in the implementation of the key principles of statistical thinking. Design/methodology/approach – The objectives of the paper have been achieved in several ways. The paper provides the key principles of statistical thinking and then discusses the possible reasons for lack of statistical thinking in modern organizations. The paper then illustrates the linkage between the statistical principles and six sigma. The tools and techniques of six sigma used within statistical thinking are also highlighted in the paper. Findings – The key findings of this work include the relationship between the two key powerful methodologies: six sigma and statistical thinking, reasons for lack of applications of statistical thinking in organizations, the future role of managers and engineers in companies with regard to statistical thinking era and the commonalities in the application of tools and techniques between these two methodologies. Research limitations/implications – The paper needs more justification through surveys and case examples and this will be the future step of this study. In fact, one of the co-authors is currently conducting a survey in the UK organizations to investigate the relationship between statistical thinking and six sigma. Practical implications – The paper is very practical in nature and it does yield a great value to those people who are currently embarking on six sigma program, especially at senior manager and executive levels. Originality/value – Very little is published in the field of statistical thinking in the UK academic world. In fact, there is a cognitive gap in this field and this paper certainly forms a good platform for further research that will enable to bridge the gap.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Business (Including Economics)
Centre for Advanced Manufacturing Systems At Cardiff (CAMSAC)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HA Statistics
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
Uncontrolled Keywords: Corporate strategy, Quality improvement, Statistical analysis
Publisher: Emerald
ISSN: 0268-6902
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 04:25
URI: http://orca-mwe.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/38587

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