Exploring the use of operational excellence methodologies in the era of COVID-19: perspectives from leading academics and practitioners

Olivia McDermott, Jiju Antony, Jacqueline Douglas

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    Abstract

    Purpose: This paper aims to present the results of a study carried out by the authors in the form of research interviews on the topic: “Exploring the use of operational excellence methodologies in the era of COVID-19.” Design/methodology/approach: A qualitative interview approach was utilized by interviewing a panel of leading academics and practitioners who are familiar with operation excellence methodologies. Findings: Operational excellence methodologies are proven and can be utilized in pandemic situations to improve efficiency in the healthcare system and preparedness for pandemics. Research limitations/implications: One limitation of this research was that most of the interviewees who participated in this study came from Europe, North America, South America and Asia, representing four continents. It would have been better to have different views from other continents such as Australia and Africa. Also, the interviews were short and at a high level. There is an opportunity for further study and analysis. Practical implications: Operational excellence methodologies are proven and can be utilized in pandemic situations to improve efficiency in the healthcare system and preparedness for pandemics. Originality/value: The paper provides an excellent resource for those people to get an insight into the value of the application of operations excellence methodologies in pandemic situations to aid healthcare process improvement and aid public and patient safety.

    Original languageBritish English
    Pages (from-to)1647-1665
    Number of pages19
    JournalTQM Journal
    Volume33
    Issue number8
    DOIs
    StatePublished - 2021

    Keywords

    • Agile
    • Continuous improvement
    • Healthcare
    • Lean
    • Operational excellence
    • Pandemic
    • Quality
    • Six Sigma

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