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The development of a sustainability framework via lean green six sigma practices in smes based upon rbv theory

Khan, M.P. and Talib, N. A. and Kowang, T.O. (2020) The development of a sustainability framework via lean green six sigma practices in smes based upon rbv theory. International Journal of Innovation, Creativity and Change, 12 (5). pp. 135-156. ISSN 2201-1315

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Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) are considered the driving force for the Malaysian economy. They stimulate the local economy, provide employment, and for large companies, they participate in supply chains. However, limited studies have been found on SMEs which are related to the achievement of sustainability. On the other hand, lean, green, six sigma and sustainability performance are among the most commonly discussed topics in the literature of business operations. Despite the linkages among these concepts, there have been nominal efforts at integrating the concepts of lean, green and six sigma concerning sustainability performance in SMEs. Therefore, this study suggests a conceptual framework for the implementation of lean, green and six sigma practices which impact on the sustainability performance within business operations of SMEs in Malaysia. This conceptual paper shines a light on the integration of lean green manufacturing practices with the combination of six sigma practices in SMEs. The combination of these concepts provides benefits to industry, as well as society. These days, society is demanding those business models which are socially responsible and more sustainable. Therefore, the sustainability concept has now become a basis to help understand many firms' success in the current competitive contexts. Therefore, the findings emanating from the study will aid SMEs to understand the importance of lean green, six sigma practices which effect on their day to day performance, as well as to formulate an effective approach to pursue the path towards sustainability.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:six sigma, SMEs, sustainability performance
Subjects:H Social Sciences > HF Commerce
Divisions:International Business School
ID Code:87517
Deposited By: Narimah Nawil
Deposited On:08 Nov 2020 12:05
Last Modified:01 Dec 2020 16:05

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