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Issue One - Summer 2008  COMING UP
Lean Thinking at Work

Welcome to The Lean Advantage, the Pawley Learning Institute e-newsletter.

The Lean Advantage is a quarterly electronic newsletter designed to provide useful information to our readers about Oakland University's Pawley Learning Institute, our services, workshops and classes, and our student and client successes.
The principles taught through the Pawley Learning Institute prepare students for tomorrow's business world as well as assist organizations, non-profits, schools and businesses in streamlining processes for maximum results and effectiveness, while providing greater value to the customer. Future issues of The Lean Advantage will provide detailed information about Lean thinking and its specific applications, including examples of how Lean thinking can be used in diverse situations. This newsletter will also keep you informed about our schedule of programs and classes.
We hope that you find the information within this e-newsletter helpful. If you have any questions or would like to learn more about the Pawley Learning Institute, please visit or call (586) 263-6242.
What is the Pawley Learning Institute?
Maximized efficiency, increased productivity, greater customer satisfaction…today's businesses need it all to compete in the global marketplace. From students garnering a solid educational foundation before they enter the business world, to business leaders learning how to streamline practices, to schools and nonprofits discovering ways to improve the bottom line so they can focus on the job at hand, the Pawley Learning Institute provides the tools for success. Full Story...
First OU Lean Principles course receives rave reviews
Oakland University's inaugural Lean Principles course (HRD 304), offered winter semester 2008, was a rousing success according to participants. The course provided a hands-on introduction to the principles and practices of Lean thinking. Full Story...
Lean Thinking for Schools
First Lean Thinking for Schools workshop hosted at Washtenaw ISD
Running a school today takes much more than reading, writing and arithmetic. It takes the ability to successfully balance limited financial resources with greater demands for high quality student results. Lean thinking can help. Full Story...

Lean Thinking for Schools Certificate Programs
Schools and other service organizations can participate in additional Lean training, including a series of workshops and online learning activities. The entire series includes eight sessions and results in a Lean Professional Certificate. Lean leaders and teams will benefit from this workshop series, but individual Lean champions may also participate. School superintendents enrolled in MASA's Courageous Journey can apply this program toward completion requirements and also engage in a Lean -based systemic change project. For more information, visit the Lean Schools Web page.
School Resources and Offerings
The Pawley Learning Institute offers a variety of options for training, including interactive television for distance learning, project development support and phone consultations. In addition, several online resources are available at no cost. These include hyperlinked resource lists, various white papers on topics of interest to school leaders considering Lean, and web-based organizational tiered assessment tools. More information is available online.
For more information
The Pawley Learning Institute
Macomb University Center
44575 Garfield Road, Building UC2
Clinton Township, MI 48038-1139
(586) 263-6242 |
Fall 2008

The Pawley Learning Institute offers undergraduate and graduate classes in Lean principles. Registration is going on now for the following courses: 

Lean Principles and Practices in Organizations
This activity-based introduction to the principles and practices in human resource development explores innovative way to solve persistent problems confronting organizations today. The course includes hands-on simulations, expert guest speakers and on-site tours.
Lean Principles and Applications
Gain real-life experience by developing a project of your choice in a multitude of industries including non-profit, for-profit, health care, and manufacturing in settings ranging from small business to plant manufacturing.
Why Learn Lean?
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