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See links to various online resources to learn more about Lean Thinking and Practice both locally and globally.
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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.



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.


Denise Bennett reflects on Lean Summit Africa 2014

ISHARE - Lean Summit South Africa 2014 Written by Denise Bennett, Lean Programme Manager at City of Melbourne, Keynote speaker at Lean Summit Africa 2014. First published in the Lean Global Network October 2014 newsletter. Unfortunately I missed the annual LGN meeting...

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Seeing normal from abnormal – October 2014 Newsletter

Seeing normal from abnormal ‘Lean is a management system for seeing normal from abnormal right now and responding right now.’ This is part of my core conception of lean. So you will understand my particular pleasure (and surprise) on receiving my name tag at the...

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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...

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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...

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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.
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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.”
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Do you talk to Siri? – April 2017 Newsletter

I read somewhere recently that in the future there will be only two kinds of jobs: you will either give instructions to robots, or take instructions from robots.   It strikes me that if you exchange the word ‘robot’ for ‘artificial intelligence’ it becomes an even...

Tanzanian Lean Healthcare conference – February 2017

In February 2017, our CEO, Anton Grütter represented LIA at the CCBRT healthcare group in Tanzania. CCBRT (Comprehensive Community Based Rehabilitation in Tanzania) is the largest indigenous provider of disability services in Tanzania. The short video below will give...

Ten years of learning from our mistakes – February 2017 Newsletter

Our one big, ongoing mistake since we set up the Lean Institute Africa (LIA) ten years ago: we did not make enough mistakes. So, we started making LIA mistakes ten years ago. I’ll get back to that but first want to reflect a bit on what else happened in 2007. Here are...

Lessons from Lean Collaboration – January 2017 Newsletter

The mission of the Lean Institute Africa is “Building the community of lean practitioners through action research and knowledge sharing, to help organisations serve their customers better”. In pursuit of that mission I recently had the pleasure of facilitating the...

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