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.
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...read more
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...read more
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.read more
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.”read more
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/read more
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.read more
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.read more
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).read more
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Have you come to this page from our email newsletter? Click here to continue reading where the email ended. “Lean conversational skills”: have you ever heard the expression? What might it mean? What it means, for me, is a form of dialogue characterized by: • discovery...
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