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Lean Six Sigma in Public Sector Organisations

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

Guest Editors: Dr Arun Elias, Dr Terry Sloan, Dr Mathew Pepper

Research related to lean six sigma in the private sector is thriving. Applications and implementations of lean six sigma have become major streams in the academic literature in this field with several interesting applications reported from different industries and different geographies. But most of these applications associate with private sector organisations. Academic literature related to lean six sigma in the public sector is still at its infancy. Therefore the overall objective of this special issue is to encourage research in this area so as to develop a repository of research articles related lean six sigma implementation in public sector organisations.

Over the last decade lean six sigma has become very visible as an effective way of reducing waste and enhancing productivity, leading to better profits for private sector organisations, especially those in manufacturing. While lean six sigma applications and research are thriving in the private sector, experts have reported that there is a clear misconception across many public sector organisations that lean six sigma can only be applied to manufacturing companies and it cannot be transferred to public sector entities. Therefore this special issue will focus on lean six sigma in public sector organisations so as to encourage research and empirical studies in this area.

Submission details

Submissions to this special issue should comply with the

Time Scale (tentative)
Call for Papers: 1 September 2016
Full manuscript submission: 31st October 2017
Notification of review reports: 15 May 2017
Revised final manuscript due: 15 September 2017

About the Guest Editors:

Dr Arun Elias is the Director of MBA in the School of Management at the Victoria Business School, New Zealand. His research interests include continuous improvement, systems thinking, stakeholder management and operations strategy. He has published in the R&D Management journal, Energy Policy, International Journal of Lean Six Sigma, International Journal of Logistics Management, International Transactions of Operational Research, Journal of Environmental Planning and Management, and others.

Dr Terry Sloan is currently Associate Head of School, Department of Organisation Studies, School of Management at University of Western Sydney, Australia. His teaching and research is presently centred on innovation, knowledge management and continuous innovation in supply chains, particularly those associated with SMEs. His output over recent years includes over 20 refereed publications, more than 25 conference papers, and several consulting projects in the areas of business communications and quality management systems.

Dr Mathew Pepper, is a Senior Lecturer with the University of Wollongong in Australia. His article on the evolution of lean six sigma was published in the International Journal of Quality & Reliability Management in 2010. His research interests include application of lean six sigma in different sectors, continuous improvement, and operations and supply chain management.

Author Guidelines for the International Journal of Lean Six Sigma, and made through the journal’s ScholarOne site –