Universidad de Granada Digibug

Repositorio Institucional de la Universidad de Granada >
1.-Investigación >
Departamentos, Grupos de Investigación e Institutos >
Departamento de Organización de Empresas >
DOE - Artículos >

Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10481/35843

Title: Six sigma, absorptive capacity and organisational learning orientation
Authors: Gutiérrez-Gutiérrez, Leopoldo
Bustinza Sánchez, Óscar Fernando
Barrales-Molina, Vanesa
Issue Date: 2012
Abstract: The importance of the Six Sigma methodology in industry is growing constantly. However, there are few empirical studies that analyze the advantages of this methodology and its positive effects on organizational performance. The purpose of this paper is to extend understanding of the success of Six Sigma quality management initiatives by investigating the effects of Six Sigma teamwork and process management on absorptive capacity. It also seeks to understand the relation between absorptive capacity and organizational learning as two sources of sustainable competitive advantage. The information used comes from a larger study, the data for which were collected from a random sample of 237 European firms. Of these 237 organizations, 58 are Six Sigma organizations. Structural Equation Modelling (SEM) was used to test the hypotheses. The main findings show that Six Sigma teamwork and process management positively affect the development of absorptive capacity. A positive and significant relationship is also observed between absorptive capacity and organizational learning orientation. The findings of this study justify Six Sigma implementation in firms. This study provides us with an in-depth understanding of some structural elements that characterize the Six Sigma methodology, enabling us to provide an explanation for its success.
Publisher: Taylor and Francis
Description: "This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in International Journal of Production Research, available online: http://wwww.tandfonline.com/10.1080/00207543.2010.543175."
Keywords: Six Sigma
Process Management
Absorptive capacity
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10481/35843
ISSN: 0020-7543
Rights : Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 License
Citation: Gutiérrez-Gutiérrez, L.; Bustinza-Sánchez, O.F.; Barrales-Molina, V. Six sigma, absorptive capacity and organisational learning orientation. International Journal of Production Research, 50(3): 661-675 (2012). [http://hdl.handle.net/10481/35843]
Appears in Collections:DOE - Artículos

Files in This Item:

File Description SizeFormat
IJPR 2012 Repositorio.pdf344.46 kBAdobe PDFView/Open
Recommend this item

This item is licensed under a Creative Commons License
Creative Commons

Items in DSpace are protected by copyright, with all rights reserved, unless otherwise indicated.


Valid XHTML 1.0! OpenAire compliant DSpace Software Copyright © 2002-2007 MIT and Hewlett-Packard - Feedback

© Universidad de Granada