The School of Business at WIT recently hosted an inaugural seminar examining contemporary lean management practices in an Irish business context. The event was co-hosted by the Irish Centre for Business Excellence and the South East Lean Forum with involvement from key exemplars from the South East region including Lake Region Medical, Hasbro Ireland Genzyme – A Sanofi Company and DePuy (Johnson & Johnson) and EMC in Cork.
Dr Pio Fenton, Programme Director, MBS Lean Practice, announcing the launch of the seminar commented "This was an opportunity for those working in a variety of industries to see the positive impact of good practice. There has been such doom and gloom recently that it may have been easy to miss the fact that there are a number of expanding businesses in the region. Much of the growth fueling the expansion has emanated from the adoption of lean practices."
Keynote speaker, Richard Alloo, formerly of the Toyota corporation, highlighted the fact that culture and leadership were key elements of successful lean journeys. He emphasised that attitude is more important than tools when developing success.
Addressing the seminar Dr Denis Harrington, Head of Graduate Business commented: “The seminar was initiated to help disseminate the interesting and often very positive developments in lean practice that are taking place in companies across the southeast region. The initiative is also part of our regional engagement strategy providing an opportunity for the exchange of ideas and knowledge, allowing us to connect our work with the pressing requirements of businesses in our region".
The School of Business also announced the launch of their new MBS in Lean Practice programme which will provide professional development and postgraduate learning opportunities for executives across the south east region. Flexibly delivered and focusing on the successful Lean philosophy, the programme will explore mechanisms for improving the operations of a business through initiatives, projects and a quality focus. The programme is supported by IBEC as well as key companies in the South East and is designed with strong industry input. This programme will run from September and will complement the suite of postgraduate courses that are available for companies within the School of Business at WIT.
Further details on the programme are available from the School website http://www.wit.ie or alternatively contact the Programme Director, MBS Lean Practice, Dr Pio Fenton ,[email protected] or the Deptartmental secretary, Ms Eileen Sinnott, [email protected]
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