Lean Six Sigma in policing services: A case study from an organisational learning perspective

Jiju Antony*, Bryan Rodgers, Inness Coull, Vijaya Sunder M.

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Purpose: This paper is based on a single case study carried out as part of a change programme but is used as a reflective tool to draw on some of the wider organisational learning which can be considered when implementing, reviewing or re-energise a Lean Six Sigma (LSS) Programme. The paper aims to discuss this issue. Design/methodology/approach: A case study approach has been used and referenced throughout the paper with references to literature to support the wider learning points drawn which are then applied to any continuous improvement (CI) programmes. Findings: The paper presents a range of learning points which are drawn from a successful deployment of LSS within a change project carried out as part of an overall programme in Scottish policing services. Research limitations/implications: The points are drawn from a single case study which was deployed within a wider change programme and is supported by wider literature but is used as a vehicle for informing strategic considerations within an organisation. Originality/value: This case study is drawn from policing services in the public sector which alone is an area that has not been significantly studied. It is used to explore wider implications in terms of strategic alignment, organisational performance and project management and presents the argument that the design of a CI programme is much wider than the implementation of LSS itself.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)935-940
Number of pages6
JournalInternational Journal of Productivity and Performance Management
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 11 Jun 2018


  • Lean
  • Lean Six Sigma
  • Organizational learning
  • Police services
  • Public sector
  • Six Sigma

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business, Management and Accounting(all)
  • Strategy and Management


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