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Special Issue on: Lean Six Sigma in Supply Chain


Special issue call for papers from International Journal of Lean Six Sigma

Call for papers deadline: 15th October 2011

Guest Editors

Professor Shams Rahman
School of Business IT & Logistics, RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia

Dr Arun Kumar
School of Aerospace, Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering, RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia

Subject coverage

Globalisation of markets, innovation in information technology and intense competition have forced companies to change the way they source, produce and distribute their products and services. Management has realised that effective global supply chain management is the key to improving service, increasing market share and profit. On the other hand, Lean Six Sigma is increasingly being applied as a business improvement methodology, rather than as a technology-based statistical tool. Six Sigma and Lean Logistics is about radically improving organisations' bottom line by eliminating waste and reducing costs, improving efficiency and increasing sales. The world's leading companies, manufacturing and services alike, have adopted this methodology as their business strategy to create real and lasting improvement in performance. It is eliminating unnecessary inventories through disciplined efforts to reduce variation, while increasing speed and flow in the supply chain. The impact is significant for retailers, wholesalers, distributors, manufacturers and suppliers.

In today's economy, supply chain operation, as with any other manufacturing or services operation, requires systematic innovation efforts to remain competitive, cost-efficient, and up-to-date. The principles of Lean Six Sigma can be applied to provide an effective framework for producing systematic innovation efforts in the supply chain.

However, there are numerous problems associated with the successful implementation of Lean Six Sigma in the supply chain. Misunderstanding of the Lean Six Sigma relationship, immature firm readiness to apply Lean Six Sigma, deficient stock of knowledge and monetary resources, unclear link between strategy and Lean Six Sigma in supply chain projects, and lack of a key process structure in the supply chain firm are the main reasons for unsuccessful results. There is a need to identify the weaknesses and problems faced by the supply chain managers in implementing Lean Six Sigma.

This special issue aims to publish the latest trends and research developments in Lean Six Sigma in the supply chain and bridge the gap between theory and practice. It will provide a platform for further research development of Lean Six Sigma in the supply chain from its current status, publishing the current issues and challenges associated with Lean Six Sigma implementation in the supply chain industry.

Contributors are encouraged to submit original manuscripts of conceptual papers, case studies and empirically-based studies, focusing on, but not limited to, the following:

  • Six Sigma in the Supply Chain
  • Lean Thinking in the Supply Chain
  • Supply Chain Design for Lean Six Sigma
  • Lean Six Sigma and Global Supply Chains
  • Lean Supply Chains and Third-Party Logistics
  • Improving Supply Chain Performance using Lean Six Sigma
  • Best Practice of Lean Six Sigma
  • Application of Lean Six Sigma in Services
  • Application of Lean Six Sigma Tools and Techniques in the Supply Chain
  • Lean Six Sigma Logistics

Notes for authors

Submitted papers should not have been previously published nor be currently under consideration for publication elsewhere. Papers should be prepared according to the International Journal of Lean Six Sigma author guidelines.

Manuscripts should be 3,500-7,000 words in length and all contributions will be subject to a double blind review process.

Each paper should have an anonymous main document and a separate title page detailing the name/names and addresses of the author/authors. Manuscripts for consideration should be submitted by e-mail to the Guest Editors at: [email protected] and [email protected]

Guest Editor contact details

Professor Shams Rahman
RMIT University
Logistics & Supply Chain Discipline, School of Business IT & Logistics,
Building 108, Level 16, 239 Bourke Street, Melbourne, Victoria 3001, Australia
E-mail: [email protected]
Tel : +61-3-9925-5530
Fax: +61-3-9925-5580

Dr Arun Kumar
RMIT University
School of Aerospace, Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering,
Building 57, Level 3, Corner of Queensberry Street & Lygon Street, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
E-mail : [email protected]