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Becoming a Lean University: The Case of the University of St Andrews.

Robinson, Mark; Yorkstone, Stephen


Mark Robinson

Stephen Yorkstone


This article looks at how “lean” can be successfully introduced into a higher education setting by discussing what has become known as ‘The St Andrews Model’. The article demonstrates that “lean” can be adapted to suit the particular circumstances of an institution. Lean, underpinned by a manufacturing heritage, and the subject of a small but growing collection of academic and practitioner analysis, is readily transferrable to other sectors. This article will show that although the model draws on a common body of knowledge, there is not a one size fits all approach. The successful implementation of a lean where learning is done by doing.

Acceptance Date Dec 31, 2014
Publication Date 2014
Deposit Date Apr 9, 2015
Publicly Available Date Apr 9, 2015
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 1
Book Title Leadership and Governance in Higher Education: Handbook for Decision-makers and Administrators
ISBN 978-3-8183-0559-8
Keywords Lean thinking; lean universities; University of St Andrews; lean higher education; process improvement;
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Contract Date Apr 9, 2015


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(c)2014, Raabe Verlag. The author has retained the rights to deposit this article via the SPARC Author Addendum. This work may be used for any non-commercial purpose provided the author receives credit and the original published source is acknowledged

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