The Development and Adoption of Lean Six Sigma in Australia and New Zealand

Call for papers for: International Journal of Lean Six Sigma

The Development and Adoption of Lean Six Sigma in Australia and New Zealand

Guest Editors:
Dr Matthew Pepper, School of Management, Operations and Marketing, Faculty of Business, University of Wollongong, Australia. [email protected]
Professor Nigel Grigg, Dept of Operations and Engineering Innovation, School of Food and Advanced Technology, College of Sciences, Massey University, New Zealand. [email protected] 

Lean Six Sigma has reached a level of maturity in practice and research, widely used in a range of industries across the globe (Sreedharan and Raju, 2016). Whilst research on the application of Lean Six Sigma within Australia and New Zealand (ANZ) exists (Antony et. al, 2012), this is mostly as part of broader, multinational studies (e.g. Kornfeld and Kara 2013; Kumar et. al, 2014). 
Significantly, a distinct characteristic of industry within Australia and New Zealand is the high ratio of small to medium sized enterprises (SMEs).  In Australia, nearly 98% of organisations have fewer than 20 employees, and in New Zealand, 98% have fewer than 50 employees.    In terms of prevailing organisational culture, Australia and New Zealand have similar scores on the Hofstede cultural dimensions (Hofstede), with both countries characterised by relatively low scores on power distance and long-term orientation; and high scores on individualism and masculinity dimensions (Hofstede Insights, 2019).   These scores align closely with those of the US, but are very different from those of Japan.  
This in turn brings specific challenges and opportunities to the application and adoption of continuous improvement approaches such as Lean Six Sigma.  Therefore, the purpose of this special issue is to encourage discussion of implementation experiences (success stories and otherwise) in the context of ANZ and to provide an opportunity to highlight the development of Lean Six Sigma activities within the region.  

The following is an indicative list of topics that will be of interest to this special issue:
•    Case studies focusing on the application/experience of LSS in ANZ organisations (public and private sector).
•    LSS Case studies from SMEs in the ANZ region
•    Challenges and barriers to implementation and adoption of LSS in the ANZ context.
•    Role of LSS application as a tool in the development of quality practices.
•    LSS and cultural fit.
•    Historical development of LSS in the ANZ context.
•    LSS readiness levels within ANZ organisations.
•    LSS readiness for the future/fit for future

Key Dates:
Scholar One opens for submissions 28th February 2021
Closes to Submissions: 29th May 2021
Estimated Publication Date: October 2021

Submissions to be made through the IJLSS ScholarOne manuscript submission portal and please consult the author guidelines prior to submission, that are found here

Antony, J., Hilton, R. and Sohal, A. (2012), A conceptual model for the successful deployment of Lean Six Sigma. International Journal of Quality & Reliability Management. (29) 1, pp. 54-70.
Hofstede Insights (2019), Country Comparison (Australia and New Zealand). (,new-zealand,singapore) accessed.090617)
Sreedharan, V. R. and Raju, R. (2016), A systematic literature review of Lean Six Sigma in different industries.  International Journal of Lean Six Sigma.  (7) 4, pp.430-466
Kornfeld, B. and Kara, S.(2013) Selection of Lean and Six Sigma projects in industry. International Journal of Lean Six Sigma. (4) 1, pp. 4-16.
Khurshid, K.K. (2012), Implementation of Six Sigma in Australian Manufacturing Small and Medium Enterprises, (Master thesis), available at:
Kumar, M. , Khurshid, K. K. and Waddell, D. (2014) Status of Quality Management practices in manufacturing SMEs: a comparative study between Australia and the UK. International Journal of Production Research. (52) 21, pp. 6482-6495.