Master of Business in Lean Enterprise Excellence

Master of BusinessMaster of Business in Lean Enterprise Excellence

Code:
WD597
Delivery:
Part Time
Level:
9
Campus:
Cork Road
Duration:
2 years
Credits:
90 ECTS

The Master of Business in Lean Enterprise Excellence is an executive education programme providing participants with knowledge, know-how, know-why, and skills in lean enterprise excellence so they can add value as recognised lean leaders and continuous improvement champions in organisations.

This programme is distinctive in enabling participants attain in-depth understanding of wider organisational contexts, cross-sectoral applications, manufacturing and service orientations, and the critical but hugely challenging 'soft' elements. Thus participants examine lean philosophy and thinking; lean leadership; lean strategy deployment and hoshin kanri; systems thinking, the learning organisation, and knowledge management; organisational culture and employee engagement; and change management and lean transformation.

The programme provides a balanced approach between the academic and the practical, and includes extensive industry collaboration via live-laboratory projects; site visits; guest speakers; and contributors to ongoing events. There is extensive and deep peer learning amongst and between participants from diverse services and manufacturing sectors, and from public and private organisations at various stages of their respective lean journeys. Via various academic paper assignments and the research dissertation project, the programme advances participants’ research and writing skills, as well as their knowledge-base on contemporary lean thinking, management, and exemplary practices.

Graduates have gone on to advance themselves to key positions as site Lean/Continuous Improvement/Operational Excellence Leaders/Champions; many have been headhunted by other organisations; and some have become Lean Consultants/Trainers.

Year 1 - 60 credits

Semester 1 (Sep - Dec)

Semester 2 (Jan - Apr)

Semester 3 (May - Sep)

Lean Enterprise Excellence

Lean Engagement

Continuous Improvement Project (CIP) (20 Credits)

Lean Strategy & Sustainability

Lean Transformation

Lean Tools & Techniques 1

Lean Tools & Techniques 2

Lean Business Analytics 1

Lean Business Analytics 2

Note that Semester 1 and 2 modules are 5 Credits each.

Year 2 - 30 credits

Semester 4 (Sep - Dec)

Semesters 5 & 6 (Jan - Aug)

Research Methods & Techniques (10 Credits)

Lean Masters Dissertation (20 Credits)

Programme Delivery

The programme commences in mid-September with a full day comprising initial induction plus opening CIP Workshop. The Semester 1 modules are delivered in block-release mode each Monday evening (18:00 – 22:00), plus 4/5 Saturdays (09:00 – 16:00/17:00).

There is another full day in mid-January for the second CIP Workshop. The Semester 2 modules are delivered in block-release mode each Monday evening (18:00 – 22:00), plus 4/5 Saturdays (09:00 – 16:00/17:00). There is also a full day in mid-May for the third CIP Workshop.

Semester 3 entails a full day in mid-June for the fourth CIP Workshop; self-directed work and independent learning for the remainder of the summer period; culminating in a final full day of CIP Presentations at the start of September.

The single Semester 4 module is delivered in block-release mode each Monday evening (18:00 – 22:00).

Finally, January through August of the second year sees participants focused on their research projects for the Lean Masters Dissertation, which involves extensive self-directed work and independent learning on their chosen research areas of interest. Participants will have the support and guidance of their assigned Supervisors to mentor them through the research and write-up process.

(Please Note: There is an exit mechanism available after the first year of the programme for those who do not wish to complete the full Masters and undertake the research component in Year 2.  In such a case a student would exit with a Level 9, 60 Credits, Postgraduate Diploma in Business in Lean Enterprise Excellence. The request to exit would need to be made in January of Year 1.)

To be considered for entry onto the Master of Business in Lean Enterprise Excellence applicants must meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • Applicants should have a Level 8 qualification, in any discipline, along with a minimum of 3 years’ relevant industry experience; and where applicants do not have a previous Level 8 qualification they will be considered on the basis of a recognition of prior learning (RPL) application to a Level 8 standard or equivalent and provided they have a minimum of 5 years’ relevant industry experience.

  • Applicants for whom English is not their first language are required to present evidence of competence that meet the Institute’s English Language Requirements for Postgraduate Programmes.

How to Apply

Applications for this programme are made online by going to www.pac.ie

Applicants will first need to register on the PAC website, and then select the WD597 Master of Business in Lean Enterprise Excellence from the WIT list of Taught Postgraduate programmes.

Applications are invited from January each year for the intake in September of that year. Subject to satisfying the aforementioned entry criteria, applicants will be offered places on a first-come-first-served basis per their PAC registrations.

Programme Code

Please note the WD597 programme code when applying via www.pac.ieAlso note the following user guide to assist you apply via PAC.

PG Business PAC user guide  Postgraduate Business user guide on making an application through PAC

Ireland is a recognised global leader in Lean and Operational Excellence and there thus exists a high demand nationally and internationally for graduates with Lean knowledge, know-how, and skills. Graduates of the WIT Master of Business in Lean Enterprise Excellence will be highly valued within their employer organisations, and highly sought-after in general.

In addition to the extensive knowledge acquired, the applied nature of the programme and real-world individual and group problem-solving provides participants with invaluable experience and skills, and ensures they are workplace-ready.  The vast majority of programme participants are employer-funded, and this reflects the importance that organisations place on developing their people in Lean. 

Graduates have gone on to advance themselves to key positions as site Lean/Continuous Improvement/Operational Excellence Leaders/Champions. Many have been headhunted by other organisations; and some have become Lean Consultants/Trainers.

Graduates interested in advancing an academic/research path in this space can undertake a Doctoral (Level 10) programme via a structured Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) or via the Doctorate in Business Administration (DBA).

Student Testimonials

“The Master of Business in Lean Enterprise was exactly what I needed at the right time. My goals were to progress in the areas of professional and personal development and integrate this with my twenty years industry experience. This course shines a light on the critical area of philosophy which underpins Lean thinking and practice. This combined with the Lean tools, experienced lecturers, varied teaching methods and diverse participants delivered a unique learning experience. The course has certainly altered my thinking and added value at this point in my career. A course of this quality is essential to survive and thrive in today’s competitive business world”.

Declan Blanchfield, Operations Manager, Iverk Produce Limited

The programme reflects on foundational learning from scientific management, quality management, world-class manufacturing, change management, the Toyota Production System (TPS) and The Toyota Way; and we are distinctively aligned to the Shingo Model/Approach wherein we examine and synthesise the principles, systems, and culture and behaviours integral to lean enterprise and operational excellence.

Programme participants examine the "hard" elements, including lean tools and techniques like Process Mapping and Value Stream Mapping, A3 Problem-Solving, 5S, and so on; plus Black Belt level six sigma business analytics; as well as completion of live-laboratory continuous improvement projects.

In addition, our Lean Masters is distinctive in enabling participants attain in-depth understanding of wider organisational contexts, cross-sectoral applications, manufacturing and service orientations, and the critical but hugely challenging “Soft" elements. Thus participants examine lean philosophy and thinking; lean leadership; lean strategy deployment and hoshin kanri; systems thinking, the learning organisation and knowledge management; organisational culture, employee engagement, change management, and lean transformation.

Our programme provides a balanced approach between the academic and the practical, and includes extensive industry collaboration via live-laboratory assignment projects; site visits; guest speakers and contributors to ongoing events.

This practical and applied industry-academia engagement comes in several forms:

  1. via the employer-based Continuous Improvement Project (CIP) wherein participants individually develop and deliver on an agreed CI project, integrating and applying their learning from throughout year 1 of the programme;
  2. via a group-based live-laboratory assignment wherein participants work in groups to examine a real-world and live problem within a partner company and apply a lean mind-set, plus appropriate lean tools and techniques, to analyse and understand the situation and problem, and to present countermeasures and recommendations to improve processes, reduce waste, and bring real gains to the partner company; and
  3. guest speakers and contributors to optional events like the Annual Lean Practitioner Seminar Series and the Annual Lean Enterprise Excellence Forum.

 

The second year of the programme involves students undertaking a single module in Research Methods & Techniques during the first semester. Students then undertake self-directed work and independent learning on their chosen research projects, supported by their assigned Supervisor who guides them through the research and write-up processes. Students deliver a major Dissertation as the capstone output of the second year. As part of this process, the Annual WIT Lean Research Symposium provides participants with an opportunity to present their research in a scholastic and collegial environment, and receive feedback from their peers and faculty.

Materials

Participants will have full access to WIT’s online resources, including Moodle, WIT’s virtual learning environment (VLE), as well as academic databases and other online library facilities. Recommended books and other readings will be provided by each Lecturer for their respective modules.

Assessment

All modules must be passed and each module is assessed by assignment, incorporating continuous assessment (graded) and formative assessment (un-graded). There are no end-of-term summative examinations.

Semester 1 and Semester 2 modules are all worth 5 Credits each. The CIP is worth 20 Credits and is an organisation-based gemba project wherein participants develop and deliver a real-world improvement project within their organisations. The CIP is worked on across the entirety of the first year, and represents a year 1 capstone project with final deliverables in Semester 3.

In year 2 participants undertake a dedicated research year commencing in Semester 4 with a module on research methods and techniques, with a research proposal being a key output. They then go on to undertake a research project based on their proposals, and deliver a dissertation as the year 2 capstone project.

Completion

Upon successful completion of all 90 Credits, a student will be conferred with the qualification of ‘Master of Business in Lean Enterprise Excellence’ from Waterford Institute of Technology.

Community of Learning & Practice

Programme participants and alumni are part of a regional, national, and global community of learning and practice in Lean

 

Key WIT events include the Annual WIT Lean Practitioner Seminar Series, and the Annual WIT Lean Enterprise Excellence Forum (www.witleanforum.com).

Course Leader

  • Mr. Darrin Taylor

    Lecturer in Management & Principal Lead at Academy of Lean Enterprise Excellence

    Tel: 51834129 Email: [email protected]

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