In a previous blog post, I identified business schools as one of the existential threats to Lean management. I said: “If Lean management is not taught in the world’s top business schools, then how important can Lean be?” Below is a video in four parts of me giving a presentation to a business school faculty in which I make the case that Lean management should be taught to MBA students. The video was recorded on 28 January 2016.

I believe you will learn much by watching these videos because I present Lean management from a perspective that is quite different than usual. Also, let me know what you think. Did I make a good case for featuring Lean management in their MBA program? Or, for that matter, in any business school degree program?

Part One: 33 minutes

Part Two: 33 minutes

Part Three: 33 minutes

Part Four: 11 minutes

3 Responses to Why Business Schools Should Teach Lean Management

  1. Jay Bitsack says:

    Hi Bob,
    Most interestingly – to me – there are other folks blogging in other LI communities that are focusing their posting on this very topic. One in particular that you might want to take a look at is tackling the issue/challenge of how to improve the B-School (i.e., MBA-relate) curriculum – and make it more relevant to the needs of the current and future business environment – by suggesting it incorporate elements from the TOC (THEORY OF CONTRAINTS) BoK. More specifically, there appears to be a strong emphasis on what TOC practitioners refer to as the “THINKING PROCESS.”

    You can check it out at the following url:

    [Note: I believe this sort of “competing” perspective within the overall CI Practice arena is a very good example of what I’ve referred to earlier in other postings as 1) the “profit motive” and 2) the rush to “publish for prestige;” both of which constitute BIG/MAJOR DISTRACTORS/DETRACTORS from the evolution of a tightly-integrated, holistic, and cohesive universal CI BoK.]

  2. Jay Bitsack says:

    Hi Bob,
    Let’s not hold our breath… it could be hazardous to our overall health and well-being. Based on my view of the various CI communities that exist within the LinkedIn network – over the past 3-4 years, I’ve yet to see anything that resembles a positive outcome from the blatant competition and – all too often – denigrating exchanges that can and do occur between the various practitioner camps.

    Just think of all the things we might consider as being “good” (whatever meaning that word might have sans any definitive context)… human nature, viruses, climate change, derivatives, nuclear power, survival of the fittest, and even the Windows operating system. After all, they all carry the potential to help sort things out… one way or another.

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