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Designed to benefit Oakland University students, schools, nonprofits, government and industry, the Pawley Lean Institute (PLI) shares concepts and practices of Lean thinking to create leaders and learners in the university, public and private sectors, and the community.  >> More about PLI

The Lean learning concept incorporates tools, techniques and management philosophies to streamline processes and eliminate waste, while providing value from the customer's perspective.
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  • Gain an advantage in the current job market.
  • Advance your career.
  • Focus your resources on activities that are of value to your customers.

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HRD 344: Lean Kaizen in Organizations
08/22/12 - New lean startup program to help fledgling entrepreneurs
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06/26/12 - 2nd annual MLC conference in Traverse City
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06/18/12 - New Lean course - ISE 581: Lean Principles & Application
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04/09/12 - Crittenton partners with OU for Lean senior design projects
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04/05/12 - Lean Green Belt program helps business leaders nurture growth
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03/30/12 - Does everything really matter? Using 5S for guidance
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03/26/12 - New class HRD 344: Lean Kaizen in Organizations now offered Winter 2013
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01/11/12 - OU students can now apply for Lean scholarships
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12/16/11 - Macomb Business Climate Survey offers a positive economic forecast
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