TEACHING CASE INFLUENCES OF SIX SIGMA: NEMBRACEMENT AND ABONDENMENT
Six Sigma is a methodology that uses data and statistical analyses on business processes to measure
and improve the conduct and the output of production and service-oriented processes. Derived from a
variety of quality management and industrial engineering approaches, it has emerged into one of the
most popular process re-design methodologies. This paper complements the rich body of knowledge
on Six Sigma methods and techniques with insights into the actual adoption of Six Sigma. Sunstate
is one of Australia's leading financial organizations. Having recognized the advantages of
Six Sigma, Sunstate Financials started their Six Sigma journey in 2001. The peak of Six Sigma
deployment at Sunstate Financials lasted for approximately 2 years. Almost every person in the
company was aware of the Six Sigma methodology, and many projects commenced under the Six
Sigma banner. Although the use of Six Sigma has shown dramatic process improvements and cost
reductions, Six Sigma is no longer in use at Sunstate Financials. This teaching case explores the Six
Sigma experiences of one of Australia’s leading financial service providers, and why this methodology
failed as a sustainable long term approach. It describes the key issues of Six Sigma and provides
valuable lessons learnt.
Bandara, Wasana; Heckl, Diana; and L, Michael, "TEACHING CASE INFLUENCES OF SIX SIGMA: NEMBRACEMENT AND ABONDENMENT " (2009). ECIS 2009 Proceedings. 389.