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International Journal of Six Sigma and Competitive Advantage
International Journal of Six Sigma and Competitive Advantage


Special Issue on: "Lean Six Sigma in Healthcare"

Sponsored by Society for Health Systems (SHS)

Guest Editor: Dr. Qianmei (May) Feng, University of Houston, USA

This special issue aims to publish research that leverages lean six sigma in clinical and business processes to confront the challenges for quality and cost savings in healthcare systems. The issue is sponsored by Society for Health Systems, which will assist IJSSCA in publicising and disseminating the findings of the studies.

The last decade has witnessed lean six sigma being successfully implemented in healthcare institutions across the United States, since the Commonwealth Health Corporation launched its six sigma initiative in March 1998. At the time of its ten-year anniversary, this special issue aims to attract research on lean and six sigma methodologies in healthcare and to share experiences amongst healthcare practitioners and researchers.

Subject Coverage
Topics in health care include, but are not limited to:
  • Lean and six sigma versus other quality initiatives
  • Lean and six sigma application (case studies)
  • Integration of lean and six sigma strategies
  • Selection and use of the tools and techniques of six sigma
  • Project selection in lean six sigma
  • Critical success factors of six sigma and design for six sigma
  • Performance measurement for six sigma and design for six sigma
  • Strategic aspects of lean and/or six sigma
  • Role of leadership in six sigma
  • Six sigma in healthcare supply chain management
  • Best practice of lean six sigma

Notes for Prospective Authors

Submitted papers should not have been previously published nor be currently under consideration for publication elsewhere

All papers are refereed through a peer review process. A guide for authors, sample copies and other relevant information for submitting papers are available on the Papers Submission section under Author Guidelines page

Important Dates

Paper Submission: 29 February 2008

Communication of Results: 31 May 2008

Final Manuscript submission: 31 July 2008