Global Lean for Higher Education: A Themed Anthology of Case Studies, Approaches, and Tools

1st Edition

Stephen Yorkstone

Productivity Press
July 29, 2019 Forthcoming
Reference - 208 Pages - 60 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9780367024284 - CAT# K404735

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This book collects a series of investigations that reflect the state-of-the-art in the global practical application of Lean for Higher Education (HE). The contributions introduce and describe the practical application of Lean in HE so that other practitioners can learn from these experiences, and apply effective practice in their institutions.  

The book demonstrates the diversity of how Lean is applied in universities in a way that will inspire others to deeply engage with Lean thinking in their own unique context to drive successful and sustainable Lean work. 

During the past five years, Lean HE has brought together many practitioners whose Lean initiatives have resulted in major improvements throughout the process. This book is not focused on Lean theory -- it discusses how HE institutions have taken Lean forward, what they have achieved with it, and how others can learn and tactically apply the approaches and tools to their respective institutions.

Essentially, the book allows the reader to understand the different ways that Lean thinking is applied in global Higher Education. Authors from a wide variety of international institutions with different profiles bring a rich and wide set of perspectives. 

The book is composed of five sections: Starting out, People, Projects, Technology, Sustaining Lean, and Culture.  

Each chapter is identified as either a case study, approach, or tool. These allow the reader to navigate to the contents most relevant to their interest. For example: 

  • A case study of how institutions have applied Lean, what went well, what went wrong and lessons learned.
  • A description of a Lean technique or approach that has been developed within HE, with a focus on how this could be applied by other practitioners.
  • A theme that has emerged from practice, offering practical benefits and understanding.


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