Differences and Similarities Between Quality Improvement Methods Originating from the USA and Japan

Year: 2014
Editor: Miko Laakso, Kalevi Ekman
Author: Kirsi Andersson, Markku Lintinen, Timo Lehtonen, Paul H. Andersson
Series: NordDESIGN
Institution: Tampere University of Technology, Finland
Section: Tools, methods and approaches in product development
Page(s): 845-854
ISBN: 978-1-904670-58-2


United States and Japan. Six Sigma got its shape in the USA during 1980’s and Science SQC in Japan in the beginning of 1990’s. The latter has been considered as Toyota’s scientific quality management methodology. Earlier research in this area has arised the question whether there is interest in Six Sigma in Japan. [3]. This paper is an attempt to contribute to the question whether the Six Sigma methodology is similar to Science SQC?

Keywords: Quality tools, data visualization, multivariate methods, Toyota production system, Six sigma


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