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Activity Number: 98
Type: Roundtables
Date/Time: Monday, August 2, 2010 : 7:00 AM to 8:15 AM
Sponsor: Section on Teaching of Statistics in the Health Sciences
Abstract - #308270
Title: Incorporating Lean Six Sigma Into an MBA Statistics Course
Author(s): Darcy Hille+ and Paulette Ceesay*+
Companies: Merck & Co., Inc.
Address: UG1C-46, North Wales, PA, 19454, 351 N. Sumneytown Pike, North Wales, PA, 19454,
Keywords: teaching statistics ; six sigma

The principles of lean six sigma methodology (define, measure, analyze, improve and control) are widely used in industry to identify, construct and implement solutions to problems in business. In recent years there has been an increasing interest in teaching statistics using real life scenarios involving business applications. Incorporating six sigma into the MBA statistics course affords students not only the opportunity to learn basic statistical concepts that can be used in a variety of situations but also the opportunity to see direct application of statistics to some of industry's most challenging problems. We will discuss the benefits and challenges of this approach.

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