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Issue Nine - December 2011
Lean Thinking
Lean Diversification Program pilot class earns Black Belt Certificates

As the fall semester winds down at Oakland University, so too does the new OU Lean Diversification Program at the Macomb-OU INCubator.

After weeks of class, students have been flooded with terms like kaizen, kanban and hoshin kanri. Through their study of the Lean philosophy, terms like these have become a regular part of their vocabulary. Full Story...

OU's Julianne Leigh joins Michigan Lean Consortium board

Oakland University's Julianne Leigh, director of budget for the Pawley Lean Institute, joined the Michigan Lean Consortium's (MLC) 2012 board of directors, an appointment that was recognized at the End of the Year Event on Friday, Dec. 2. The event took place at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan in South Lyon.

The MLC shares strong ties to education and Oakland through the Pawley Lean Institute and its efforts to help shape the future of Michigan. Full Story...

Pawley Institute Fellowships help OU professors further Lean learning

Last winter, the Oakland University Pawley Lean Institute awarded Pawley Institute Fellowships to four OU professors, who have since made great progress with their projects.

Each professor was given $15,000 to work on education, research and outreach projects of their design. These awards were given to help support research to advance knowledge and theories of Lean learning and facilitate the work of university faculty to educate students about Lean principles. Full Story...


Lean Thinking for Schools

The 5S Lean Pledge for committee work
Shannon Flumerfelt, PhD., Lean Thinking for Schools

If you are looking for a useful New Year's resolution, you might consider taking the 5S L
ean Pledge. This means that you promise to use the 5S tool, Sorting, Setting, Shining, Standardizing and Sustaining, for all committee work in 2012.

Educational leaders who understand the value in collaborative cultures and learning communities often rely on various types of committees to engage key stakeholders and complete strategic tasks.

Committee work does stand as the expression of shared governance in education. There is a lot at stake in committees' work since their interactions and their results are subject to public scrutiny.

Committee work is harder than it looks to do well, but when approached with the deliberate protocols of the 5S tool, committees can work smarter and get better results. Full Story...

OU professor visits Hong Kong for educational leadership summit

Dr. Shannon Flumerfelt, professor in Educational Leadership at Oakland University, recently returned from a trip to Hong Kong on behalf of the university, where she attended an educational leadership summit.

Flumerfelt was invited to be a speaker for the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. She also spent her time in China working on a book focused on Lean education. Full Story...



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.


For more information about the program, please visit or email


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.

A Green Belt Certificate will prepare participants to work on targeted concerns within a company's operations and be able to apply Lean principles to focused areas of the business.

Green Belt:
May 1-June 28

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.

 Winter 2012
Tuesdays 6:30-9:50 p.m.

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

January 20-March 10

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