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Issue Seven - April 2011
Lean Thinking

Welcome to The Lean Advantage, the Oakland University Pawley Lean Institute quarterly e-newsletter.

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New Pawley Institute Video 
A new video about the Pawley Institute and our move to the Macomb-Oakland University INCubator is now available for your viewing pleasure. Please watch it below:

OU professors awarded Pawley Institute Fellowships
The Oakland University Pawley Lean Institute is proud to announce the awarding of the Pawley Institute Dennis and Carlotta Pawley Endowment for Lean Learning in the form of four Pawley Institute Fellowships to OU professors.

The recipients are Mark Doman, visiting assistant professor in Human Resource Development; Bob Van Til, professor in Industrial and Systems Engineering; Shannon Flumerfelt, associate professor in Educational Leadership; and Gene Fliedner, associate professor of Operations Management within the Decision and Information Science department. Full Story...

DTE Energy partners with OU for student internship
Oakland University has partnered with DTE Energy to provide a Lean internship for one student in the Industrial and Systems Engineering (ISE) program.

This semester, Alex Bodea is completing his senior design project at DTE, an internship set up by the ISE department.

The project is a time study on gas distribution work, which consists of various works performed on gas pipes, most of which require digging and exposing the pipes. Full Story...

OU students complete senior design projects at Crittenton Hospital
Three more industrial and systems engineering majors at Oakland University are completing student internships at Crittenton Hospital Medical Center in Rochester, Mich. for their senior design projects.

This semester, Christie Bucklin, Salvatore Maceri and Jason Olson have been working as a team in Acute Therapy Services at the hospital, focusing on improving the efficiency of the department.
Full Story...

Jeffrey Johnston shares advice and expertise with undergraduate class
Jeffrey Johnston of Goal Advantage spoke at the Lean undergraduate class, HRD 304: Lean Principles and Practices in Organizations.

The president and Lean facilitator for the Michigan-based consulting firm, Johnston spoke to the class about the goals he has for an organization as a Lean consultant facilitating process improvement. He also discussed the processes Goal uses to achieve these goals. Full Story...

Lean Thinking for Schools
Flumerfelt leads Lean Thinking for Schools training in Traverse City
Participants from the Traverse City area completed the Lean Thinking for Schools training this March led by Dr. Shannon Flumerfelt, director of Lean Thinking for Schools at the Pawley Lean Institute.

The 23 participants came from Traverse City Area Public Schools, Elk Rapids Public Schools and the Traverse Bay Intermediate School District. Full Story...

Has your budget been reduced lately? Create and relate using Lean
Shannon Flumerfelt, PhD., Lean Thinking for Schools

After successive years of budget reductions, many school districts now face deeper cuts than anticipated because of state-based budget targets. According to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (Feb. 8, 2011), state funding cuts are deeper now than they have been in the past two years for K-12 education (in 34 states) and for higher education (in 43 states), and that for 2012, cuts will continue and may be worse than 2011.  

As school districts and institutions of higher education examine ideas such as consolidation, online learning, merit pay systems, privatization and service/Full Time Equivalent reductions, the pressure is mounting on school leaders to develop viable solutions that will enhance futures of sustainability. Full Story...

For more information
Pawley Lean Institute
Macomb-OU INCubator
6633 18 Mile Road
Sterling Heights, MI 48314
(586) 263-6242 |
The Pawley Lean Institute is offering the following in fall 2011 and winter 2012:

Undergraduate Class

HRD 304: Lean Principles and Practices in Organizations
This activity-based course explores innovative ways to solve problems confronting organizations today. The course includes hands-on simulations, guest speakers and on-site tours.

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Learning Lean
Check out the Pawley Institute blog, Learning Lean, for the latest in Lean as well as news and events from Institute insiders!

Latest Posts:

MLC Lean Assessment Training

 Melanie Zynel

Remembering the Triangle Fire

Amanda Benjamin

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New Pawley Institute Brochures Available

Pawley Institute Brochure
Lean Thinking for Schools  Brochure

New White Papers
Three new white papers are now posted on the Pawley Institute website:

Improving Response to Intervention
The Inclusive Classroom Model is Not Efficient
The Inclusive Classroom Model is Workable

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