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Issue Eight - August 2011
Lean Thinking
New Oakland University Lean Diversification Program coming this fall
The Macomb-OU INCubator and OU Pawley Lean Institute have partnered to offer the new Oakland University Lean Diversification Program this fall, supported by a $450,000 grant from the Economic Development Administration (EDA).

Led by industry experts, this program will provide companies with the techniques necessary to make strategic decisions about diversification and, more importantly, develop employees to be key contributors and analytical thinkers in growth strategies. Full Story...

Registrar's Office wins magazine award for streamlined process

Oakland University's Office of the Registrar has been recognized with a Model of Efficiency award by University Business magazine for streamlining the grade change process.

Students from the class HRD 304: Lean Principles and Practices in Organizations offered ideas on how to streamline the grade change process at both the graduate and undergraduate level.
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SBA professor receives support for book focused on Lean principles program

Gene Fliedner, a professor in the School of Business Administration, recently received a Pawley Institute Fellowship, an award designed to help further research on Lean principles. Through the fellowship, Fliedner is working on writing an academic textbook that will expound on the four key components to Lean practices that Fliedner has identified.

Other fellowship recipients include Mark Doman, special instructor, Human Resource Development; Bob Van Til, professor, Industrial and Systems Engineering; and Shannon Flumerfelt, associate professor, Educational Leadership. Full Story...

Summer Lean Series concludes with How to Diversify Using Lean

The Pawlye Lean Institute concluded its Summer Lean Series Tuesday, August 2 with How to Diversify Using Lean. This session, the final in this three-course program, was led by PMC consultants and Lean experts Janie Farner and Ravi Lote.

Participants were given an introductory explanation on why companies should diversify and partook in a n interactive discussion on how to use Lean in this process. Full Story...

Pawley Lean Institute delivers first Lean for Students presentation

The Pawley Lean Institute continued its mission of spreading knowledge about Lean principles through a new presentation entitled Lean for Students.

The program was developed and presented by Amanda Benjamin, site administrator for the Pawley Lean Institute, as an outreach to students in the OU community, given to a group of peer mentors from OU's Center for Multicultural Initiatives. Full Story...

Going green and Lean: Earn an Energy Management Certificate

Oakland University's School of Business Administration and School of Engineering and Computer Science are partnering to deliver a professional certificate program that integrates management and engineering perspectives to support current economic transitions to a new energy economy.

The Energy Management Certificate Program will prepare engineering and business professionals to differentiate themselves in their carers and help their organizations become sustainable enterprises. Full Story...

Lean Thinking for Schools
Pull schools to success

A key tenet of Lean is to focuses on the "customer" and what that customer values. For instructional processes in schools, this means specifically delineating what students value as learning outcomes.

While this may seem like an obvious improvement strategy, that instruction should meet the learning needs and wants of students, it often requires more in-depth consideration for success. For "pull" occurs by design, not by default. Full Story...

For more information
Pawley Lean Institute
Macomb-OU INCubator
6633 18 Mile Road
Sterling Heights, MI 48314
(586) 263-6242 |

This program was designed to educate key personnel in your organization about Lean principles to make your organization ready for diversification.

Through the program, you can earn a Lean Green Belt or Black Belt Certificate.

Green Belt: Sept. 19 - Nov. 7
Black Belt: Sept. 26 - Dec. 1

Lean Principles and Practices in Organizations
This activity-based undergrad course explores innovative ways to solve problems confronting organizations today.

The course includes hands-on simulations, guest speakers and on-site tours.

Fall 2011 and Winter 2012

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Lean Thinking for Schools
The Pawley Lean Institute has equipped school administrators with Lean thinking and tools to foster better uses of district resources, to nurture collective efficacy, and to promote common methods for solving problems through the Lean Thinking for Schools program.

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