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    anthony2019
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    Hi i well be starting a dissertation after xmas, and i have to come up with a research idea.

    I have to come up with Justification for the Research and Theoretical Framework for the dissertation.

    Because i got my green belt in lean six sigma last year id would like to conduct research in this area.

    I work in an precision Engineering SME which has 3 black belts, 11 green belts and 4 yellow belts. 85 people in total employed.

    The green belts all did there initial projects for there belts but don’t continue to use the tools thought for continuous improvement.

    Would this be a good topic to research, to evaluate sustainability of Six sigma within an SME.

    Any ideas on how i could expand this topic ?

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    Mike Carnell
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    @anthony2019 Why would you limit the topic to an SME? There is nothing about SS that makes it unsustainable at an SME or any other place. Sustainability is a function of your organization.  That has been documented all over the internet in terms of change management. Actually sustainability is an issue for any initiative to include Lean and SAP.

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    Strayer
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    Assuming that your dissertation is for a graduate degree, you probably understand that they’re looking for an original contribution to the body of knowledge, not just doing research and regurgitating facts.  Researching sustainability for a single SME group might take years in order to draw any conclusions, and the general applicability of those conclusions will be questioned so you’d better be able to back it up with wider research.  If you’re going to focus on the group where you work, you have a good historical starting point.  But consider that your employer has a stake in what you disclose.  You probably signed some sort of agreement when you were employed.  Expect them to want to approve your research project, limit the amount of time you and other employees spend on it, and review and approve your dissertation before you present it.

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    Strayer
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    @anthony2019  I hope you didn’t think I was trying to discourage you with my previous post.  I’ve known people who successfully used internal company projects as dissertation topics.  Just wanted to give you a reality check.  The sustainability issue is a big one.  More than a few companies did things such as requiring everyone in certain positions to earn green belt, and a certain number of black belts per department, the latter open only to those on the management track.  Most people never did another improvement project.  You can find research about this.  p.s. I think the idea of continuous improvement projects is basically a mistake.  It should be a mind set.  Sometimes it may be a project.  More often it should be using the tools to tweak the process whenever you recognize something amiss.  Doing projects to earn required belts led people to think they’d gotten the belt and now they’re done with it, because doing such projects wasn’t part of their regular job.

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