Exploring TLS approaches: a review

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Abstract

Purpose:
This paper gives an overview on the three methodologies of Continues Improvement, Theory of Constraints, Lean and Six
Sigma designated in the literature by TLS models discussing the identified different integration frameworks developed at
this moment.
Design/methodology/approach:
A literature review of Theory of Constraints, Lean and Six Sigma was conducted to provide a comprehensive understanding
of each approach. Current integration models were then identified studied and discussed, This discussion enabled the
identification of some weaknesses and the imposed further work on the development of a new proposed framework, later
tested through a case study.
Findings:
The research work reveal differences and convergence points between Theory of Constraints, Lean and Six Sigma
continuous approaches. Seven different integration models were identified and discussed revealing the opportunities for
integration improvement. This paper presents a different improved integration framework
Originality/value:
This paper present an overview of the current TLS frameworks highlighting major convergence points and current
weaknesses and discusses the main current integration models presenting a hands-on new approach, simple, flexible and
capable to improve integration and companies results
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceeding book of the 2nd International Conference on Quality Engineering and Management, ICQEM’16
PublisherInternational Conference on Quality Engineering and Management
Pages576-592
ISBN (Print)978-989-20-6814-5
Publication statusPublished - 2016
Event2nd International Conference on Quality Engineering and Management, ICQEM’16 - Universidade do Minho, Guimarães, Portugal
Duration: 13 Jul 201615 Jul 2016

Conference

Conference2nd International Conference on Quality Engineering and Management, ICQEM’16
CountryPortugal
CityGuimarães
Period13/07/1615/07/16

Keywords

  • Business and Management
  • Theory of Constraints
  • Lean
  • Six Sigma
  • TLS integration models and Frameworks

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