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Lean Higher Education And Lean Research
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Technology, Department of Engineering Sciences, Industrial Engineering & Management. Luleå Tekniska Universitet.
Luleå University of Technology.
2013 (English)In: 16th Toulon – Verona Conference, 2013Conference paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The purpose of this paper is to review possibilities for how Lean principles could be applied for university education and research – Lean Higher Learning and Lean Research. The Lean movement originating from Toyota Production Systems has inspired many different types of businesses and organisations including service and public organisations. Until now the Lean concept has not yet become widely used in university education. Universities could be facing strong competition from novel ways of teaching and learning – if the web offers lectures from Nobel Prize winners for free, why pay money to the local university to listen to a mediocre lecturer? If research proposals can be assessed and validated via a web site linking to acknowledged scholars, why wait for slow research journals? Possibly, Lean principles such as just-in time could be applied for better learning and research quality. This paper studies how traditional university education and research are performing compared to Lean principles with focus on value flow analysis. 

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Lean Higher Education, Lean research, National education
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Social Sciences Engineering and Technology
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Engineering Science with specialization in industrial engineering and management
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-213981OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-213981DiVA: diva2:683756
16th Toulon – Verona Conference; Faculty of Administration, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia; 29-30 August 2013
Available from: 2014-01-06 Created: 2014-01-06 Last updated: 2015-01-08Bibliographically approved

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