Authors: Ken Black, Robert McGlashan
Addresses: School of Business, University of Houston – Clear Lake, 2700 Bay Area Blvd., Houston, TX 77058, USA. ' School of Business, University of Houston – Clear Lake, 2700 Bay Area Blvd., Houston, TX 77058, USA
Abstract: This paper presents the results of a survey designed to help identify the desired personal characteristics of potential Black Belt candidates in organisations. In addition, an attempt was made to find out if there were differences in these desired Black Belt candidate characteristics according to industry, gender, and number of Black Belts already in each organisation. The authors surveyed companies in a wide variety of industries in the USA that claimed to have implemented a Six Sigma programme. The results of the study showed that several characteristics were more essential than others in considering potential Black Belt candidates.
Keywords: six sigma; black belt; candidate characteristics; USA; United States; training; selection; quality improvement.
International Journal of Six Sigma and Competitive Advantage, 2006 Vol.2 No.3, pp.301 - 312
Published online: 16 Oct 2006 *Full-text access for editors Access for subscribers Purchase this article Comment on this article