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New Development: Creating a Lean University


  • Peter Hines
  • Sarah Lethbridge


Many academic articles have been published in the past 20 years promoting the Lean approach in manufacturing and in service industries. Very little attention has been paid to the possibility of applying Lean Thinking to the academic institutions that these articles stem from. This article explains why the application of Lean in universities is a good idea and what needs to be done to develop an effective Lean enterprise in a university environment.

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  • Peter Hines & Sarah Lethbridge, 2008. "New Development: Creating a Lean University," Public Money & Management, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 28(1), pages 53-56, February.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:pubmmg:v:28:y:2008:i:1:p:53-56
    DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-9302.2008.00619.x

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    1. Emerson Mainardes & Mário Raposo & Helena Alves, 2014. "Universities Need a Market Orientation to Attract Non-Traditional Stakeholders as New Financing Sources," Public Organization Review, Springer, vol. 14(2), pages 159-171, June.
    2. Pearce, Antony & Pons, Dirk & Neitzert, Thomas, 2018. "Implementing lean—Outcomes from SME case studies," Operations Research Perspectives, Elsevier, vol. 5(C), pages 94-104.

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