Co-founded and co-led by Darrin Taylor and Aidan Walsh, the Academy of Lean Enterprise Excellence involves faculty who lecture and research in Lean and related areas. Additionally, Professor Peter Hines, Visiting Professor to the Business School at SETU Waterford, acts as a senior advisor to the Academy, having co-founded the renowned Lean Enterprise Research Centre (LERC) at Cardiff University Business School.
The Academy brings together industry and academia to develop high quality and actionable research that advances the literature on Lean thinking and practice, and which can be applied within public and private organisations of all scales and sizes, as well as across all services and manufacturing sectors, to enable and sustain organisational excellence, productivity, competitiveness, and continuous improvement.
Our mission is to synthesise education, training, research, practice, and knowledge-exchange in Lean and Continuous Improvement to enable an evidence-based and knowledge-led community of learning and practice to deliver value in terms of the long-term competitiveness and sustainability of organisations, the economy, and society overall.
The Academy is to the forefront of the national community of learning and practice in embodying a collaborative approach to Lean leadership and management, continuous improvement, process thinking, creativity, problem-solving, and value creation. Through individual autonomy, collegiality, and industry and state engagement, each faculty member, researcher, and student is given the opportunity to develop themselves as practitioners and researchers, and to make contributions to Lean thinking and practice regionally, nationally, and internationally.
Our research contributes to the advancement in contemporary Lean and Continuous Improvement thinking and practice, that is of direct relevance for industry and organisational application, through critical focus in the following research areas: Lean; Continuous Improvement; Strategic Change Management and Transformation; Leadership, Employee Engagement, Behaviours, and Culture; Enterprise, Operational, and Process Excellence; Supply/Demand/Value Chain Management; and Lean Industry 4.0.
SETU Business School offers a portfolio of executive/practitioner education programmes that have been co-developed with industry partners and which are designed to meet identified industry needs for discrete knowledge, know-how, skills, and know-why in Lean and Continuous Improvement in public and private organisations of all scales and sizes, as well as across all services and manufacturing sectors.
Our research seeks to develop leading-edge thinking and solutions that are of direct relevance to practice and focuses on a number of key research areas for manufacturing and service companies: lean; process, operational, and enterprise excellence; continuous improvement; change management; employee engagement; behaviours; supply/demand/value chain management.
The SETU Business School offers a portfolio of executive/practitioner education programmes that have been developed by The Academy of Lean Enterprise Excellence in collaboration with industry.
These programmes are designed to meet identified industry needs for discrete knowledge, know-how, and skills in continuous improvement and lean enterprise/operational/process excellence in public and private organisations, and across all services and manufacturing sectors.