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Leaning Universities Old and New: A comparative case study on the implementation of Lean Thinking in Universities Ancient and Modern, from the perspective of a practitioner

Yorkstone, Stephen


Stephen Yorkstone


Scottish Universities have experience applying lean Higher Education, in both Ancient and Modern contexts. This paper aims to capture the experience of a practitioner having moved through both these contexts, in order to provide material for colleagues in other institutions to stimulate discussion around best practice.


This paper provides a side-by-side description of lean-type implementations in two very different contexts, drawing from the authors’ experience in these.


It proposes general principles that can be identified across practice, in order to support implementations.


The paper is limited as it is written from the view of the author; further research is proposed to offer a broader perspective.


Lean implementations in Higher Education need careful positioning, and good support, but can bring about significant benefits.


Given the recent nature of developments in lean HE in Scotland, it is novel to present experience from the perspective of a practitioner embedded as a full time staff member cross institutionally.

Presentation Conference Type Conference Paper (unpublished)
Conference Name First international conference on Lean Six Sigma for Higher Education
Start Date Jun 24, 2013
End Date Jun 25, 2013
Publication Date 2013
Deposit Date Apr 9, 2015
Publicly Available Date Apr 9, 2015
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Keywords Lean Higher Education; Case study; Lean Universities; Lean Thinking;
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Contract Date Apr 9, 2015


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