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Issue Ten - April 2012
Lean Thinking
Macomb-OU INCubator offers Lean Green Belt Certificate Program
The Macomb-Oakland INCubator is offering a professional certificate program for business managers looking to tackle targeted concerns within a company's value stream or operations, to apply lean principles in focused areas and to recommend ideas for culture change.

Scheduled for May 1 through June 28, the Lean Green Belt Certificate program will help participants understand and apply Lean principles that enable organizations to diversify their product and service offerings. Full Story...

Crittenton partners with OU for Lean senior design projects

Crittenton Hospital Medical Center has partnered with Oakland University for another round of Lean projects.

Six of Professor Bob Van Til's Industrial Systems and Engineering students have worked with Crittenton as part of their senior design projects. For the semester-long project, students worked in the Emergency Department, working to find more efficient ways of operating. Full Story...

OU students can now apply for Lean scholarships

Oakland University Pawley Lean Institute is currently offering scholarships at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. These scholarships are open to students with knowledge of Lean principles and practices.
Students wishing to apply for these scholarships must turn in the applications by June 1, 2012. Full Story...
Updates for the Pawley Institute fellowship projects

Professor Mark Doman has expanded the Lean class, HRD 304: Lean Principles and Practices in Organizations, and has created a new class, HRD 344: Lean Kaizen in Organizations. Both courses will run next year at Oakland University.

Professor Gene Fliedner has developed an academic textbook on Lean studies at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. The book, Leading and Managing the Lean Management Process, focuses on leadership, culture, team and tools. His book is now at Kresge Library.

Professor Shannon Flumerfelt has recently been published in Mechanical Engineering, Journal of Scholarship and Practice, Educational Technology and Society Journal and The Learning Organization for her work on mechanical engineering and Lean Thinking for Schools. She has also developed a Lean simulation game.

Oakland University Pawley Lean Institute is currently offering scholarships at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. These scholarships are open to students with knowledge of Lean principles and practices.Professor Bob Van Til has completed multiple Lean projects with his Industrial & Systems Engineering students at Crittenton Medical Center. His projects will be used as case studies in his ISE courses to further educate his  students.
New Lean kaizen course to run in the winter 2013 semester

Oakland University's School of Education and Human Services is offering a new Lean course for the winter 2013 semester, as part of the Human Resource Development Department.

HRD 344: Lean Kaizen in Organizations was developed by Mark Doman, professor in Lean studies and special instructor for HRD. He designed this class as part of a Pawley Institute Fellowship he received last year. Full Story...

Lean Thinking for Schools
Does everything really matter? Using 5S as a guideline

Shannon Flumerfelt, PhD., Lean Thinking for Schools

Educators are wired to care about people. In schools, caring tends to be embedded in a cultural norm where it is the normal course of business to "reach them and teach them."

On a daily basis, educators are involved in a cycle of making decisions and interacting with people driven by the ethic of caring. 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 e-mail


For more information
Pawley Lean Institute
Macomb-OU INCubator
6633 18 Mile Road
Sterling Heights, MI 48314
(586) 263-6242 | lean@oakland.ed
Summer 2012
Lean Green Belt Certificate
May 1-June 28

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.

Fall 2012

Undergraduate Course
HRD 304: Lean Principles and Practices in Organizations

Thursdays 6:30-9:50 p.m.

Winter 2013

Undergraduate Courses

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