Lean Six Sigma developments in Turkey


Key Dates:

Submission Portal Opens: 1 October 2021

Author Submission Deadline: 28 February 2022



As a rapidly developing and growing economy over the last decades, Turkey has emerged as one of the powerful regional economies at the point where Europe meets Asia, called Eurasia. Given the significant role of Turkey in Eurasia, Turkey has also been a role model for the other developing countries and economies. Particularly, large-sized organizations in Turkey have taken the lead role in bringing new management approaches and philosophies to Turkish economy and medium- and small-sized organizations since 1980s. Lean Six Sigma (LSS) is listed as one of these management approaches and philosophies. These implementations have gained significant attention in various platforms and inspired the following organizations. These LSS implementations also achieved great success in a great variety of industry in Turkey. Understanding LSS implementation in Turkey may provide insightful knowledge for practitioners, researchers, and academicians on understanding the requirements of successful LSS practices.

Although some Turkish companies have successfully implemented LSS and academicians have investigated LSS theoretically and practically over the last decades, the number of the articles published in peer-reviewed scholarly journals is relatively limited. Therefore, this special issue provides academics, practitioners, and researchers with opportunities for publishing their findings in IJLSS.


Features and Areas of the Special Issue Manuscripts:

The main objective of this special issue is to share the knowledge on LSS developed theoretically and practically among all stakeholders of LSS. This special issue intends to focus on LSS theory development, LSS implementations and practices in Turkey. In a broader context, this special issue aims to include studies that concentrate on theory development in LSS and analyze LSS examples performed in manufacturing, service, and public sector in Turkey. Case studies including LSS are welcomed as well.

The tentative list of themes includes but not limited to:

(1) Theory and practice developments of LSS in Turkey

(2) Success and/or failure factors of LSS in Turkey

(3) LSS examples in particular industries in Turkey

(4) LSS implementation examples in service sector in Turkey

(5) LSS implementation and innovation capability building

(6) Design for LSS in Turkey

(7) Lean applications in Turkish Small and Medium sized enterprises

(8) LSS case studies in manufacturing industry in Turkey

(9) LSS case studies in service industry in Turkey

(10) LSS case studies in public sector in Turkey

(11) LSS project prioritization and selection processes and cases in Turkey


Submission Information

Submissions are to be made through the IJLSS ScholarOne manuscript submission portal  https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/ijlss and please consult the author guidelines prior to submission, that are found here


Special Issue Guest Editors (Alphabetically)

Gulin Feryal Can, Ph.D.

Baskent University, Ankara, Turkey

E-mail: [email protected]


Fatma Pakdil, Ph.D.

Eastern Connecticut State University, Willimantic, CT, USA

E-mail: [email protected]


Pelin Toktas, Ph.D.

Baskent University, Ankara, Turkey

E-mail: [email protected]