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Most research conducted by the Lean Institute Africa is done in association with MBA students of the UCT Graduate School of Business. To access free copies of MBA research reports, please contact GSB. Here is a recent list of Lean-related Research Reports.
The Lean Institute Africa is the local, authorised distributor of the Lean Enterprise Institute (LEI) in the USA and as such, distributes books, DVDs and training materials on their behalf.
Newsletters, Articles and Webinars
Vaccines, mosquito nets and lean – is there a common thread? September 2014 newsletter
Vaccines, mosquito nets and lean – is there a common thread? The vaccine against measles does not discriminate. It works reliably irrespective of your race, religion, geographic location and economic status. Wikipedia tells me that prior to the development of the...
Lean Summit Africa 2014: event overview and lessons learnt
The event: Lean Institute Africa held their 7th Summit, themed ‘Relentless Leadership’, from the 17th – 19th September 2014 at the Vineyard Hotel in Cape Town, South Africa. Our target number of delegates was to have 200 people attending and, at the eleventh hour – in...
Making a city great – Denise Bennett
CASE STUDY - How does lean contribute to making Melbourne one of the world’s most liveable cities year after year? Words: Denise Bennett, Lean Program Manager, City of Melbourne With its cosmopolitan lifestyle, plentiful parks and gardens, well-designed streets and...
Can we design enjoyable work?
RESEARCH – Offering us a glimpse into how the human mind works and into Toyota’s approach to people engagement, this article tells us how to create a better working environment for our employees.
Lean Lessons from China
The CEO of the Lean Institute Africa, Dr Anton Grütter, undertakes an annual journey to China to teach on the Shanghai University MBA programme as a visiting professor. This year he was also invited to speak at the Lean Enterprise China Summit 2014 in Shanghai in June this year. He has returned with some fascinating insights into the Chinese drive to develop their people and their economy.
He says “while I have only experienced a small slice of Chinese working life, it has made me aware of the enormous strides that the country has made in recent years. I think there may well be some important lessons for South Africa.”
Skinny on Lean Infographic
You’ve heard about Lean, but what does it mean? The Lean Summit Africa 2014 ‘Skinny on Lean’ infographic reveals the 7 types of waste in business and how trimming down could help to propel your business forward and deliver real value to customers.
You are invited to attend this year’s Lean Summit where experts from around the world will be sharing their Lean leadership insights. Find out more: https://www.lean.org.za/lean-summit-2014/
UCT business Prof to advise on operations management support for government
A University of Cape Town Graduate School of Business professor (UCT GSB) will become an advisor for the Department of Performance Monitoring and Evaluation (DPME) within The Presidency to set in motion a programme to improve government departments operations management, with the ultimate aim to boost service delivery in South Africa.
Conference to foster “strong and competitive” organisations in Africa
The Lean Institute Africa (LIA) will host its biennial Lean Summit Africa this September focusing on ways to improve service delivery, cost-effectiveness and staff morale in the public and private sectors and highlighting techniques to eliminate waste in products and services in African organisations.
Cracking the wrong whip
Last month the minister of Health, Dr Aaron Motsoaledi, called on ward sisters in public sector hospitals to place orders for supplies three months in advance. This was in response to a question about the problems experienced by patients in getting their medication timeously (SAFM, Morning Live, 26 July 2013).
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Does Lean Make Cents?
Lean Management offers a truly exceptional approach to leading the organisation to places it’s never been before. With Purpose clarified, you: focus to the needs of the customer with earnest, bring them more value with less effort, grow seasoned problem-solvers who...
Lessons from my Lean Lifestyle Challenge
In the newsletter I wrote for Lean Institute Africa in 2015 I reflected on the growth in my understanding of lean as a result of attending the Lean Global Network meeting that year. I interviewed some of the delegates at this meeting and asked what they understood...
Constancy of Purpose in Turbulent Times
Executing your 2018 Plan with Confidence, Consistency and Cadence We are so close to the end of the year and many of us are already dreaming up all the ways in which we will spend our much-awaited holiday time. Whether for work or personal reasons, this is a great...
What did you learn in Japan?
What did you learn in Japan?’ you may ask me, following my week there with the Lean Global Network (LGN) tenth anniversary ‘return-to-the-source (Toyota)’ trip in September. “How much time have you got? I might reply. There was a lot! Here are just some snippets. TNGA...
The “Hard-Core Toyota Guys”
The lean transformation journey is the road less travelled. This is partly because it is not the easiest journey to undertake, but also because so many organisations lose their way, some even at the outset of their journey. There are however some organisations that...