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See links to various online resources to learn more about Lean Thinking and Practice both locally and globally.
We are constantly learning so please let us know if you find any other sites you think should be added.



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

Why I haven’t mastered lean – October 2015 Newsletter

This year I was fortunate to accompany our director to a meeting of the Lean Global Network (LGN) in Wroclaw, Poland. It was an eye opening experience from both travelling and work perspectives. I was amazed by the variety of soups that the Polish made because almost...

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Dr John Toussaint: On Redesigning Processes for the Patient

In the lead up to the Lean Healthcare Summit happening in Johannesburg on 26 October, key note speaker and CEO at ThedaCare Center for Healthcare Value, Dr John Toussaint, explains why he believes the Lean methodology is the future of healthcare efficiency. Tell us...

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Lean Approach Cuts Waiting Times at Gauteng Hospitals

Following the implementation of the Lean approach in four Gauteng hospitals, there have been drastic reductions in patient waiting times. Following the implementation of the Lean approach in four Gauteng hospitals, Chairman of the Lean Institute Africa (LIA), Prof...

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Applying Lean at Groote Schuur Hospital

In the lead up to the Lean Summit Africa 2018 taking place at the Vineyard Hotel in Cape Town from 30 October to 1 November 2018, invited speaker and CEO of Groote Schuur Hospital (GSH), Dr Bhavna Patel, talks about her hospital’s experience in...

Companies on a drive to become more efficient

Cape Town’s Groote Schuur Hospital, a catalytic converter manufacturer and a well-known car sales dealer have one essential thing in common. They have all managed to radically improve efficiency across their operations over the past few years....

Lessons on transforming manufacturing in India

Transformational changes in manufacturingin India have been unpacked at the Lean Summit Africa 2018, in Cape Town, holding important lessons for ramping up efficiency and boosting competitiveness in South Africa....

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