Faculty Scholarly Dissemination Grants


Application of Lean to Higher Education


Management Department


Seidman College of Business




Over the past few decades continuous improvement methods such as Lean Manufacturing have helped manufacturing organizations improve their productivity and quality levels significantly by focusing on data, systematic elimination of waste and improvement of flow. Today many non-manufacturing organizations are applying the powerful process improvement methods and tools employed with Lean techniques. Organizations in healthcare, government, hospitality, and other services are applying the improvement tools with growing levels of success. In this paper, we would like to demonstrate how some of the lean philosophies and tools can be applied in a university/application setting. Specific applications along with examples will be presented. It is critical for the readers to clearly understand the differences that exist between the manufacturing sector and higher education and the applicability of lean principles to higher education prior to the application of lean concepts and tools.

Conference Name

2014 International Conference on Management, Business & Economics

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