Industrial Engineer Engineering and Management Solutions at Work

June 2013    |    Volume: 45    |    Number: 6

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The synergy of continuous process improvement

Integrating lean, Six Sigma and theory of constraints can multiply their benefits

By Reza M. Pirasteh and Srinivasan Kannappan

The natural universal law has proven that nothing is static; everything changes. And entropy is an inherent natu­ral behavior of any functional system. So by acknowledging these two simple fundamental theorems, it becomes clear that enterprises must have a solid, comprehensive and practical defense mechanism to battle against entropy, natural drift and process changes.

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